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Wave Energy Technology Coming to CT?

It’s Certainly A Possibility

(Rocky Hill, CT - September 24, 2001) — Two international wave energy experts will be meeting with the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CEF) this week to determine how Connecticut can become a major player in wave energy development.

Wave energy conversion technologies are devices that can be deployed in onshore, near shore and offshore applications to convert the energy from waves into electricity. This renewable energy form is undergoing rapid development outside the United States — and projections show that these technologies will reach commercialization within five years.

“This is the ideal opportunity for Connecticut to explore another renewable energy source,” said Charlie Moret, “With Connecticut's expertise in turbine, airfoil technology and maritime construction, we are positioned to advance the commercialization of this technology right here in the U.S. Our meetings this week are the first step to see how we can potentially develop this as a renewable energy source.”

CEF fund managers have invited Australia and UK-based experts to lead the wave energy dialogue. The visitors from overseas will include:

Thomas W. Thorpe - a leading expert on wave energy technologies with more than 24 years experience in the industry. He is the principal consultant for the Strategic Consultancy Group in Culham, and has been instrumental in evaluating the technical, economic and environmental consequences of offshore oil, gas and renewable energy schemes for the Irish government, the UK DTI and industrial companies. He has written many white papers and articles on wave energy.

Thomas Denniss - founder and managing director of Energetech, a 10 year-old Australia-based company that specializes in the development of wave energy technology. He developed this technology after teaching high school math and achieving a PhD in oceanography. Tom began commercialization efforts for this technology in 1994, and has received positive publicity from the New Scientist, the UK financial Times Energy Report and Australian Energy News.
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