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NORWAY: World's first osmotic power plant opens in Tofte

The first ever prototype plant that produces energy by mixing fresh water and sea water opens in Norway. Norway has opened the world's first osmotic power plant, which produces emissions-free electricity by mixing fresh water and seawater through a special membrane. Osmotic power is one of a number of experimental renewable energy projects betting on an expected climate pact in Copenhagen next month unlocking funding and subsidy schemes that will help develop the technology and slash production ...

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TOFTE, NORWAY (NOVEMBER 24, 2009) (REUTERS) SEA / EXTERIOR OF OSMOTIC PROTOTYPE PLANT THAT MIXES FRESH WATER WITH SEA WATER...

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TOFTE, NORWAY (NOVEMBER 24, 2009) (REUTERS) PLASTIC TUBES WITH SPECIAL MEMBRANE WHICH MIXES FRESH WATER AND SEA WATER/ PIPES THAT TRANSPORT WATER TO TURBINE VARIOUS OF TURBINE (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF NORWEGIAN ENERGY PRODUCER STATKRAFT, BAARD MIKKELSEN, SAYING: "From Copenhagen as an outcome we hope they will conclude that this global issue and that they will put a price on carbon so that we will have a price on emissions. And that will push for renewable technologies and again osmotic power will be one of the technologies of tomorrow, with a huge potential. Globally a potential more or less of 1,600-1,700 TWh." VARIOUS OF MEMBRANE (SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD OF ADVANCED WATER RECYCLING TECHNOLOGY AT NASA, MICHAEL FLYNN, SAYING: "Well, we're primarily interested in osmotic power membranes from the standpoint of life support system for future space applications. We've been working in that area for about the last 15 years, we have our joint research, or our joint effo...

TOFTE, NORWAY (NOVEMBER 24, 2009) (REUTERS) PLASTIC TUBES WITH SPECIAL MEMBRANE WHICH MIXES FRESH WATER AND SEA WATER/ PIPES THAT TRANSPORT WATER TO TURBINE VARIOUS OF TURBINE (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF NORWEGIAN ENERGY PRODUCER STATKRAFT, BAARD MIKKELSEN, SAYING: "From Copenhagen as an outcome we hope they will conclude that this global issue and that they will put a price on carbon so that we will have a price on emissions. And that will push for renewable technologies and again osmotic power will be one of the technologies of tomorrow, with a huge potential. Globally a potential more or less of 1,600-1,700 TWh." VARIOUS OF MEMBRANE (SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD OF ADVANCED WATER RECYCLING TECHNOLOGY AT NASA, MICHAEL FLYNN, SAYING: "Well, we're primarily interested in osmotic power membranes from the standpoint of life support system for future space applications. We've been working in that area for about the last 15 years, we have our joint research, or our joint effort here is primarily in developing membrane." VARIOUS OF INTERIOR OF OSMOTIC POWER PLANT (SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD OF NORWEGIAN ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP BELLONA, FREDRIK HAUGE, SAYING: "Absolutely we count it as one of the solutions that we need to implement to combat global warming and produce energy in the future." TURBINE WITH MEMBRANE IN BACKGROUND (SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD OF NORWEGIAN ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP BELLONA, FREDRIK HAUGE, SAYING: "The scenarios and the studies we have done is that this has a potential to come down in cost and be a part of the energy mix in the future. And for many places this can be a interesting local energy supply that doesn't require too much grid systems." NORWEGIAN CROWN PRINCESS, METTE-MARIT OFFICIALLY OPENING OSMOTIC POWER PLANT VARIOUS OF KETTLE BOILING WATER HEAD OF THE OSMOTIC POWER PLANT, STEIN-ERIK SKILHAGEN, THE CROWN PRINCESS, NORWEGIAN MINISTER OF PETROLEUM AND ENERGY, TERJE RIIS-JOHANSEN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) OF STATKRAFT, BAARD MIKKELSEN DRINKING TEA

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