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Title: Analysis of the challenges and opportunities of hydrokinetic turbine development affecting the US Army Corps of Engineers
Authors: Water Operations Technical Support Program (U.S.)
Smith, David L.
Nestler, John M.
Tetreault, Brian J.
Styles, Richard
Keywords: Hydrokinetic turbines
Green energy
Energy policy
Water Operations Technical Support Program (U.S.)
Publisher: Environmental Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Description: Technical Note
Background: National energy policy supports increased development of green (renewable) energy to lessen dependence on petroleum-based fuels and reduce their attendant environmental impacts. One family of renewable energy technologies experiencing increased national interest is hydrokinetic turbines. Hydrokinetic turbines include systems that convert waves, tides, and river flow (without impoundment) into electric energy. River hydrokinetic turbines (hereafter referred to as kinetic energy turbines (KETs)) were the focal point of a recent workshop, although hydrokinetic turbines in estuarine or coastal settings may also impact US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) missions. This document summarizes a two-day interagency workshop that was convened at the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) on 29 February 2012. The workshop was attended by representatives of the US Geological Survey; Fish and Wildlife Service; National Park Service; Department of Energy (DoE: Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia National Laboratories); US Coast Guard; USACE Headquarters; USACE New Orleans District; Mississippi State University; and ERDC’s Environmental Laboratory (EL) and Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL). A complete list of attendees can be found in Appendix A. Recorders at the workshop summarized information from both the presentations and ensuing discussions. This Technical Note succinctly synthesizes information developed during the workshop, capturing major discussion points and conclusions. This information was analyzed to identify challenges such as internal communication shortcomings, external coordination requirements, and critical technology gaps. By addressing these challenges, USACE is poised to effectively execute its Federal responsibilities in support of the national green energy policy. Additionally, a consistent roadmap of USACE expectations and requirements that can be used by developers when they enter the “one door to the Corps” will expedite the national goal of green energy.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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