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Osmotic power has potential in Alaska

Posted: Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Osmotic power is generated by exploiting the energy available when fresh water and seawater are mixed. This is a renewable and emissions-free energy source that has been researched in Norway for 10 years. The first osmotic power plant has recently been opened in Tofte, Norway, outside of Oslo. This power plant has been in development for more than a year with limited power capacity to begin, but is intended primarily for testing and development purposes.

This sounds like a potential power source that would be ideal for Alaska and especially for Southeast Alaska. I think this is worthy of research and possibly could be undertaken by the University of Alaska Southeast with the aim to be capable of constructing a commercial osmotic power plant within a few years in Alaska, even if it were limited to Auke Bay and the UAS campus in the beginning stages.

UAS could be at the forefront of making a substantial global contribution to eco-friendly power production and generate their own campus energy.

David Moe

Juneau



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