Volume 92, Issue 4 p. 29-30
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The Florida Current: A Clean but Challenging Energy Resource

Howard P. Hanson

Howard P. Hanson

Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, USA

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Alexandra Bozek

Alexandra Bozek

Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies, Florida State University, Tallahassee, USA

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Alana E. S. Duerr

Alana E. S. Duerr

Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering, Florida Atlantic University, USA

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First published: 25 January 2011
Citations: 16

Abstract

[1] The patterns and overall magnitude of energy usage worldwide seem to preclude a single renewable alternative to traditional fossil fuel sources. Still, putting renewable resources to work where they exist, and thereby implementing a widely diversified portfolio of renewable energy recovery, offers the possibility of significantly reducing fossil fuel use on a regional basis. One such resource is the Florida Current, an oceanographic feature that has been the focus of intense study for many decades. Understanding its behavior on the time and space scales required to realize its energy potential, however, is still a work in progress, one that is challenged by a paucity of relevant data and by a range of sensitive environmental considerations.

Acknowledgments

The Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center at Florida Atlantic University is supported by awards from the state of Florida and the U.S. Department of Energy.