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Army Teams with Industry to Produce Energy and Clean Water

Army Teams with Industry to Produce Energy and Clean Water

The Army has cleared the way for ocean-based clean energy and water. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has given a Section 10 Permit to Renew Blue Inc. subsidiary Independent Natural Resources Inc. (INRI) to install a commercial wave-powered demonstration facility. The energy-producing facility is designed to turn waves into electricity while also producing fresh, desalinated water.

This is the first instance of a Section 10 Permit issued to demonstrate a commercial wave-energy facility. "This permit marks a significant step to help Texas achieve its goals for new sources of energy and clean water," says Douglas Sandberg, vice president of INRI.

Traditional desalination facilities require substantial amounts of electricity. INRI's Seadog Pump is powered solely by electricity developed by wave energy. Since 40 to 50 percent of operating costs in the desalination process are attributed to energy, the self-energy-generating Seadog offers a low-cost solution for producing fresh water.

Army Teams with Industry to Produce Energy and Clean Water
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