View Full Version : Norwegians, Dutch mix sea and river to make power

Saturday, December 17th, 2005, 04:32 AM
LEEUWARDEN, Netherlands (Reuters) - "Water will be the coal of the future," French science-fiction writer Jules Verne predicted in 1874.

More than a century later in a world seeking clean alternatives to fossil fuels, Dutch and Norwegian scientists believe they can help turn Verne's dream into reality.
The Dutch Center for Sustainable Water Technology or Wetsus, and Norway's independent research organization SINTEF, working with power company Statkraft, have invented devices that generate electricity by mixing sea and river water.
It might seem like an exercise in scientific theory destined only for high-tech laboratories, but the process' creators and the European Union (http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news/?p=European+Union), which funds the Norwegian research, believe the idea's time might have come.