New York City Dept. of Parks and Recreation is the steward of approximately 29,000 acres of land , including more than 5,000 individual properties ranging from Coney Island Beach and Central Park to community gardens and Greenstreets. Natural Currents is in contract with the Dept. of Parks & Recreation to install a renewable energy park on the south shore of Wards Island, in the heart of New York City, in the Hell Gate waterway that is funded by the US DOE for $990,000. Natural Currents is the prime contractor and will manage the installation of four 25 kW tidal energy turbines, one 100 kW wind turbine and one 5 kW of solar electric photovoltaic power. The systems are designed to provide interpretive display for the general public and will include an informational kiosk on the renewable energy systems installed.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation has partnered with Natural Currents to install the Red Hawk Tidal Energy Project in 2012. The project, located on the south shore of the Manasquan River, consist of two (2) 20 kW Red Hawk cross-flow tidal turbines to generate electric power for the Will’s Hole Marina and Kingsbridge Financial Services property in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.
The power generated by the turbines will be interconnected to the site’s existing electric meter, with any excess kilowatt hours sold back to the local utility through net-metering.
This tidal system will allow Will’s Hole Marina to generate a high percentage (approximately 50-60%) of its power through renewable energy, and in the process provide an excellent and successful example of reliance on clean, green, locally produced energy.
This is the first project of its kind in New Jersey. In 2012 the New Jersey DEP issued a critically important Waterfront Development Permit to enable the project installation.
The Global Coral Reef Alliance is a small non-profit organization dedicated to growing, protecting and managing the most threatened of all marine ecosystems— coral reefs.
The GCRA is a coalition of volunteer scientists, divers, environmentalists and other individuals and organizations, committed to coral reef preservation. They primarily focus on coral reef restoration, marine diseases and other issues caused by global climate change, environmental stress and pollution.
Visit the Global Coral Reef Alliance’s website at http://www.globalcoral.org/.
The City College of New York has partnered to identify the top New Jersey tidal power generation sites. The 18 month study is funded by grants from the New Jersey Department of Transportation and the University Transportation Research Center.
Northstar Marina of New Jersey provided a research vessel to enable the effective use of an Acoustic Doppler Profiler. A field team from Natural Currents evaluated the Boat World Marina for potential location of tidal electric turbines with the purpose of on-site power generation.
The Solar Energy Consortium (TSEC) is an industry-led not-for-profit, formed in 2007, headquartered in Kingston, in the Hudson Valley Region of NYS. It assists businesses with their marketing strategies, substantially improving their chance of success often by building strategic partnerships that support their business interests.
To expedite the adoption of all sources of renewable energy in the United States, TSEC brings together industry, academic, and economic development partners to find solutions to the technical, economic, and marketing challenges facing the growing renewable industry.
Natural Currents has partnered with universities such as SUNY New Paltz and Vassar College to provide internships in the fields of business, engineering, geology, and marketing.