Taiwan: Ocean Currents to Supply Energy
Below is an article published by Forbes (AP)
The plant is still in the planning stage, but once built, it would be the first plant in Asia to make use of the Kuroshio current - also known as the Black stream - that flows along the
"The current's potential as an energy source was long ignored when oil was cheap," Chen told The Associated Press. "Now we believe it may become
"You could consider it as a nuclear power plant that does not need plutonium to run," he said.
The Kuroshio is the world's second-largest warm current after the Gulf stream in the
The stream, up to 150 kilometers (90 miles) wide, could be a powerful source of energy as it flows steadily at a rate of 1 meter (3.3 feet) a second, officials say.
The Economics Ministry recently began a three-year feasibility study on the power plant, spending 200 million New Taiwan dollars ($6 million) to survey the Kuroshio current's flow and make preliminary designs of the generators.
The plant could be costly to build, Chen said, noting the generators would have to be installed on the seabed and fastened to the shore with steel cables. But he did not provide a figure.