MMA nets half-million dollar grant for tidal energy research

Posted Oct. 24, 2012, at 2:07 p.m.

CASTINE, Maine — Maine Maritime Academy has received a nearly $500,000 grant to pursue research of tidal energy at its Castine campus.

The Maine Hydrokinetic Cluster grant awarded by the Maine Technology Institute is the first large research grant of its kind for MMA, according to a news release from the college.

“We are extremely happy to have been given this opportunity by MTI and we are grateful for the confidence they’ve shown in us,” wrote MMA President Bill Brennan.

The grant fits in with the work expected at the Academy’s Center for Engineering and Applied Research, an approved project at the college that has yet to break ground.

The money is designed to provide the core foundation on which the statewide tidal energy infrastructure will be built. Specific objectives include developing Canadian partnerships, improving existing infrastructure — including building a test platform — and marketing for Maine tidal power.

Tidal Energy is an emerging market in Maine, with a first-of-its-kind tidal turbine in Eastport powering on in September and a $70 million tidal power project proposed in Pembroke.

Follow Mario Moretto on Twitter at @riocarmine.

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