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Tidal Energy Companies Staking Claims

by Pat Coate | November 07, 2006
"The most important thing is for the nation to invest in a diverse energy supply."
- Carolyn Elefant, Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition co-founder

Anchorage, Alaska, USA - In the quest for oil-free power, a handful of small companies are staking claims on the boundless energy of the rising and ebbing sea.

Tidal power proponents liken the technology to little wind turbines on steroids, turning like windmills in the current. Water's greater density means fewer and smaller turbines are needed to produce the same amount of electricity as wind turbines.

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