Initiated in 2002, Verdant Power’s Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) Project is being operated in New York City’s East River.
In three phases, the RITE Project will test, demonstrate and deliver commercial electricity from Verdant Power’s Free Flow Kinetic Hydropower System (tidal). The RITE Project is a prime example of how the Free Flow System can be scaled for placement directly within a population center.
RITE Project Phases:
First-Ever US Commercial License for Tidal Power Issued
On January 23, 2012, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a pilot commercial license for the RITE Project – the first-ever commercial license for tidal power in the United States. Under the license, Verdant Power plans to develop a 1 MW pilot project in the East Channel of the East River comprised of up to 30 commercial class (Generation 5) turbines, which would be installed in a staged approach. The pilot license issued to Verdant Power is for 10 years.
Verdant Power’s license application was submitted under FERC’s newly established Hydrokinetic Pilot Project Licensing Procedures, developed to allow for the advancement of U.S. hydrokinetic technologies (tidal, river, wave power), while maintaining FERC oversight and agency input.
Generation 4 System Demonstration Success
Verdant Power achieved a major milestone by successfully completing a demonstration of its 4th Generation (Gen4) Free Flow System at the RITE Project. The demonstration was conducted during 2006-09 as Phase 2 of the RITE Project and included the operation of six full-scale tidal turbines, representing the world’s first operation of a grid-connected tidal turbine array.
Through the effort, Verdant Power successfully demonstrated the Gen4 Free Flow System as an efficient source of renewable energy with the following outcomes:
The RITE Project demonstration system stands as the world’s first grid-connected array of tidal turbines.