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Title: Assessment of Energy Production Potential from Ocean Currents along the United States Coastline

Increasing energy consumption and depleting reserves of fossil fuels have resulted in growing interest in alternative renewable energy from the ocean. Ocean currents are an alternative source of clean energy due to their inherent reliability, persistence and sustainability. General ocean circulations exist in the form of large rotating ocean gyres, and feature extremely rapid current flow in the western boundaries due to the Coriolis Effect. The Gulf Stream system is formed by the western boundary current of the North Atlantic Ocean that flows along the east coastline of the United States, and therefore is of particular interest as a potential energy resource for the United States.
  1. Georgia Inst. of Technology, Atlanta, GA (United States)
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Technical Report
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Georgia Tech Research Corporation
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USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Water Power Program (EE-4W)
Country of Publication:
United States
water, marine and hydrokinetic, ocean current, resource asessment, ocean thermal, ocean energy