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Navy To Test Tidal Power Off Marrowstone Island

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The Navy will drop turbines in the water off Marrowstone Island next
year to test how the tides could generate electricity.

Engineers at Naval Base Kitsap are working with turbine and
marine architects on the study.

Navy spokeswoman Sheila Murray says turbines with 8-foot blades
would be placed in water about 50 feet deep. They should generate
enough electricity to light a parking lot or small building at the

Navy's ammunition depot on Indian Island.
After a year-long test, the turbines will be removed in 2011. The Kitsap Sun
reports the project follows a congressional mandate for Defense
agencies to generate 25 percent of the power by  2025 from renewable
sources.
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Information from: Kitsap Sun, http://www.kitsapsun.com/

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