Verdant Power’s Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy Project
(RITE) has been developing water turbine technology to generate electric
power from the currents of the East River next to the Roosevelt Island
Foodtown (formerly Gristedes) supermarket on the Queens side of the East
Last Thursday, October 22, Verdant Power continued development of the
technology by deploying their 5th Generation Water Turbine in the East
Earlier this week, after the turbines have been in the East River for 6
Verdant Power returned to Roosevelt Island
for a maintenance exercise to demonstrate how easily the turbines can go in and
out of the water.
Also, Verdant Power retrieved and replaced the turbines
installed 6 months ago
with a new environmentally friendly plastic rotor designed by the
US Department of Energy
which Verdant says will lowers the cost and operate more efficiently for the
next 6 months of testing in the East River salt water.
I spoke with Verdant Power’s Founder and Chief Marketing Officer Trey Taylor
last Wednesday before the new turbines were lowered back down into the East
Mr Taylor said to date the RITE East River water turbines have produced 200
megawatt hours of electricity for the Con Ed distribution power grid, which he
says is a new record, and that the turbines have performed at a rate 40%
higher than they thought it would.
Mr Taylor also spoke about working with Con Ed to set up energy storage on
Roosevelt Island. He added that eventually, with the US Department of Energy,
NY State and Empire State Development Corp, the
could convert into a world class demonstration center of renewable hybrid
energy systems leading to climate change improvements and many
According to Mr Taylor, the hope is to turn Roosevelt Island into a water,
solar and renewable energy showcase to the world.
Here’s my conversation with Verdant Power’s Trey Taylor.
More info on
Verdant Power Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy Project
at their web site and
US Department of Energy.