Could South Florida become the
Florida Atlantic University on Tuesday moved a step forward with a plan to place experimental turbines in the ocean off
The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement announced Tuesday that it is considering leasing three sections of the outer continental shelf off Fort Lauderdale for the project. Although there are clearly serious technical and economic hurdles to generating electricity from the Gulf Stream and sending it via cables to the mainland, the potential is vast.
“Because seawater is about 850 times more dense than air, a two meter per second oceanic flow, typical of the fastest parts of the Florida Current, has the power density of a gale-force wind,” wrote the FAU center’s scientific director,
The bureau will now prepare an environmental assessment that will look at the potential impact on sea turtles, marine mammals, fish, the ocean floor and current human activities.