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BOSTON -- Two proposals to erect windmills off Cape Cod
would generate electricity by harnessing the wind. Now, a retired
Cambridge engineer wants to use the power of water for the same
``The potential is tremendous. There's kinetic water energy
everywhere. Mother Nature has been very kind to us,'' said Joseph
Ignazio, 72, a Cambridge resident and owner of Helical Turbine of
A retired Army Corps engineer, Ignazio previously has produced
such feats as the New Bedford hurricane barrier and the Charles River
Ignazio is asking the Army Corps of Engineers for permission to
submerge a cargo container filled with six 10-foot-tall turbines that
would be turned by tidal currents of up to 5 miles per hour.
As water flows through the container, the turbines will generate
roughly 500 kilowatt hours daily -- enough to power more than a dozen
homes. But he has yet to raise the money for the $200,000 experiment,
which would be located near the Corps' Visitors Center in Sandwich.
It would be lighted and outside the main shipping channel to minimize
Scott Thayer, manager of Joe's Lobster Mart and a potential
neighbor of the project, said he is ``all for something like this
because the current really rips through here. But there's going to be
a lot of red tape to cut through.''
The Corps hasn't taken a stance on the plan. The public has until
Jan. 25 to respond.
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