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Power Generation - Hydrokinetics

OSARIT continues to remain engaged in the activities of anticipated future installations of power generating hydrokinetic (small hydro ≤ 3MW, wave, and tidal) devices, which fall into the category of Class I renewable energy as defined by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU). To support the advancement of these devices and assist NJBPU to satisfy its renewable portfolio standards (RPS) goal, the NJDEP is working toward the development of a technical guidance document for installing and operating such devices in New Jersey water bodies. The document will outline the necessary information to independently verify performance claims of compliance with NJDEP regulatory standards, and having no discernable negative impacts to the environment, ecosystem habitats, and human health in New Jersey.

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Underwater turbine being installed in the East River


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Energy Department-supported "Azura" wave energy converter
is installed at a U.S. Navy test site in Hawaii


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Typical Dam used to power internal turbines which provide electricity




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