Archive for July, 2012
Today RME hosted Professor John Lienhard, the Director of the Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy at MIT, and 11 of his graduate students at the RME development lab in Newburyport, MA. During the visit, discussions centered on the growing global demand for clean fresh water and how the technology under development by RME could play a vital role in addressing this critical need. Following the meeting, Professor Lienhard said; “We enjoyed our visit very much and are grateful that the RME team took the time to meet with us.” “The students found it particularly interesting to learn about how ideas developed during graduate level research can be translated into a start-up company, and also to better understand the non-technical challenges that accompany such an effort.”
Commenting on the MIT visit, RME CEO Bill Staby said; “Desalting seawater is widely viewed as critical to supplying the world's growing fresh water needs and it’s gratifying to know that MIT is heavily focused on developing innovative solutions.” “We look forward to continuing our close relationship and are confident that we can develop wave-driven desalination systems that promote better health and prosperity for under-served populations around the world.”
The visit concluded with a tour of the RME’s development lab and review of the equipment being readied for testing.
Today RME filed an application for a preliminary permit at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the proposed Yakutat Wave Energy Project to be located on state submerged lands in the Gulf of Alaska off the coast of Canon Beach in Yakutat, AK. The permit will allow RME to identify the optimal location for the project, conduct studies to aid in the preparation of a license application and most importantly, gather input from state and local resource agencies and other stakeholders to ensure that the project is developed in a manner that will maximize benefits to the local community. The project has been assigned a docket number of P-14438 and within the next few months, FERC will issue a public notice of the application which will provide an opportunity for the public to submit comments. All documents related to the preliminary permit application are available on FERC’s eLibrary system.
RME CEO Bill Staby commented; “Filing the preliminary permit application with FERC represents a significant turning point for RME in that we’re now transitioning from being focused almost exclusively on technology development to building capabilities and experience in the deployment and operation of commercial projects.” “We think this is great news for the City and Borough of Yakutat which has been extremely helpful to our efforts and also for the State of Alaska and especially for its rural and native communities that are dependent upon diesel generators for their electricity needs.”