A $535,000 state grant will put the UMass-Dartmouth Marine Renewable Energy Center at the lead of ocean energy research management in the United States, according to an article in the Cape Cod Times.
The grant is to develop ocean energy technology in a proposed 27-square-mile patch of ocean south of Massachusetts. Officials at the energy center at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth want to build a multi-use research platform in the proposed ocean zone that extends several miles south of the islands. It would be built far south of the Nantucket Sound site where Cape Wind has proposed placing 130 wind turbines.
The platform will make it possible to monitor wind and waves and study the effects of such a platform on the marine environment. It will also serve as a platform for various marine energy experiments and enable nonstop monitoring of them.
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