Jan 13, 2012 10:07 AM by AP

River turbine testing site gets $150,000 grant

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A proposed testing site for turbines that will be mounted from piers and barges in rivers to generate power has received a $150,000 grant from the Delta Regional Authority.
The head of Tulane University's RiverSphere project - Douglas Meffert - said Thursday that testing could begin this year on turbines designed to produce electricity through the flow of rivers. Meffert said there are hundreds of designs with potential commercial application - but no independent testing facility yet.
The grant will allow RiverSphere to get $500,000 from a private endowment and will continue bringing in up to $3 million from the federal Economic Development Agency.
The testing facility, along with a laboratory, will be constructed on Port of New Orleans property along the Mississippi River.


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