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Continued: Scientists in Minneapolis test turbines that get power from river and tidal flows

  • Article by: DAVID SHAFFER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 19, 2013 - 2:00 PM

Taylor said generating units can be larger in tidal areas where greater depths allow larger blades. He sees a global market, including places where river flows can be harnessed to supply constant power, called base load.

“The world is moving toward decentralized power and distributed generation,” Taylor said.

In Minnesota, Sotiropoulos sees the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory as a continuing partner in research on this energy source.

“This is a significant area where the lab can provide national leadership,” he said.

David Shaffer • 612-673-7090 • @ShafferStrib

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