State environmental officials are taking a dive into a new type of alternative energy, according to the State House News Service.
Underwater tidal wave energy is making waves for the first time in the Bay State as supporters of the nascent technology hope to tap into ocean tides for new energy sources.
According to reports, on Monday, UMass Dartmouth scientists are scheduled to outline plans for a first-in-the-nation marine renewable energy test site in the Muskeget Channel, located in federal waters between Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.
“This is a major step forward toward really putting our stake in the ground when it comes to marine renewable energy, and it is attracting a lot of interest in our region,” said John Hoey, assistant chancellor of public affairs at UMass Dartmouth.
The technology works by capturing energy from ocean currents.
Scientists at the New England Marine Renewable Energy Center at UMass Dartmouth say they’ve been testing the technology for the last week, according to reports.