NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Tuesday, we got a glimpse of how renewable energy systems could eventually operate in New York City.
Three experimental tidal turbines were retrieved from the East River.READ MORE: Times Square Shooting Suspect Farrakhan Muhammad Taken Into Custody
The turbines, which measure more than 16 feet in diameter, will be replaced Wednesday by new ones.READ MORE: COVID Vaccine: MTA Unveils 8 New Pop-Up Sites In Metro Area, Offering Johnson & Johnson Shot And Incentives
It’s part of the Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy Project.
“The purpose really is to demonstrate the new generation five technology and the fact that the components work so well together, and in fact, we’ve demonstrated that already in the first six months by producing 40 percent more energy than we had forecast, which is very exciting,” said John Banigan, chairman and CEO of Verdant Power.MORE NEWS: Jay-Z, Carole King Among Artists Elected To 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Project officials say this effort is a critical step forward for the marine renewable energy industry.