to the University of Maine's Department of Mechanical Engineering and
the Tidal Turbine System Design for CCAR project.
The Center for
Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR) is a research facility dedicated to
developing techniques for sustainable aquaculture and marine life technologies. CCAR
includes 60,000 sq ft.
of buildings comprised of both freshwater and saltwater systems
requiring constant pumping, monitoring, treatment, and climate control.
These requirements are crucial for maintaining a sustainable
environment for the species of the organisms they are working to
improve. However, due to these requirements, CCAR spends
$10,000 to $25,000 per month for electricity. With this monthly
electrical load, alternative technology is a sound solution.
Taunton Bay, Franklin, Maine
CCAR is located on the edge of Taunton Bay located in Franklin, Maine.
Taunton Bay is a source of one the most efficient and ground-breaking
means of "green" energy - tidal energy. It has 610 feet of tidal
frontage proving to be an ideal site for tidal turbines. For this project, a tidal
turbine is to be designed and installed in Taunton Bay to transfer the
tidal energy to electrical energy, and thus fed back to CCAR to reduce
their electricity costs.