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What is a Hydro-Kinetic turbine?
A "Hydro-Kinetic" turbine is an integrated turbine generator to produce electricity in a free flow environment. The "free flow" environment does not require a dam or headwater. Hydro-Kinetic turbines can be deployed in rivers, man made channels, tidal waters, or ocean currents. These turbines use the flow of water to turn them, thus generating electricity for the power grid on nearby land. While Hydro-Kinetic includes generation from ocean tides, currents and waves, many researchers believe it is the highest yielding source of electricity today. Several benefits of Hydro-Kinetic deployment are the reliability of hydro-flows and the predictability of power production. Other benefits include no destruction of land, pollution in rivers or destruction of wildlife.