DOT forms TIGER team to handle economic recovery


The Transportation Department is expected to handle about $43 billion in spending under the economic stimulus package working its way through Congress. To manage that spending, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced yesterday he has created a team to ensure the department is distributing funds rapidly, while also ensuring they’re monitored properly.

The team will identify and prioritize highway, bridge, transit, rail, aviation and other transportation spending. It will also create standards to track the money, as well as measure performance and job creation.

But we here at FedLine think the best part is the team’s name. It will be called the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Team. That’s right, it’s a TIGER Team. And for that, we give DOT a tip of the hat for the best, and perhaps first, use of a creative acronym under the new administration…so far.


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  1. The New Interstate 5 Bridge crossing over the Columbia river from Portland Oregon to Vancouver Washington, infrastructure design should include, large scale electric power generation from Damless passive Hydrokinetic hydroelectric generation for Electrolysis.

    Damless Hydrokinetic hydroelectric is a relatively new technology based on capturing the kinetic energy of rivers, without the need to construct dams. “Run-of-the-river” hydro installations usually are underwater.

    “A better type of bridge pilings.”
    We find now we are forced to replace the old bridge. Age, construction type, capacity needs and national interests have given urgency to this project, so DUH, if we have to put a big piece of concrete in the middle of the mighty Columbia River so trucks can move goods, Have them make our electric power.

    It can pay for the crossing bridge. Through this civil works project pairing The U.S. Department of Energy, and The U.S. Department of Transportation the I-5 Crossing can, create a rise of industry around the inexpensive electric and hydrogen, allow us to remove the power house at the Bonneville Lock and Dam, give us back our salmon

    This is one way how:

    The VIVACE Converter: VIVACE (Vortex Induced Vibration for Aquatic Clean Energy)
    Marine Renewable Energy Laboratory
    College of Engineering, University of Michigan

    This is another;

    Isis Innovation, University of Oxford’s technology transfer company
    Oxford turbine, called THAWT

    When most people think of hydro-electric power they probably think of large dam projects such as China’s Three Gorges Dam, India’s dams on the Narmada River, or closer to home (at least to my home) the Bonneville Dam. Perhaps needless to say, power projects like this can generate a great deal of power, but there is significant environmental trade off, like no salmon.

    A less environmentally intrusive way is known as Hydrokinetic Power that describes run-of-river hydro as well as most terms:
    Hydrokinetic power makes use of swiftly flowing rivers to turn or move turbines, or is our case Vortex Induced Vibration, which in turn generate electricity. Hydrokinetic power is distinct from traditional hydropower in that dam construction is not required. Typically, a Hydrokinetic turbine is submerged and secured to the riverbed, or is attached to infrastructure, such as bridge pilings
    As no dam is required, it will dramatically reduce the major disadvantages associated with traditional hydroelectric systems. Like no Salomon.

    These Damless hydro systems require little to no maintenance. The initial setup cost and environmental impact is minimal in comparison to the cost of building dams.
    There is no risk of flash flooding caused by a breached dam, and no risks during construction of a dam.
    The environmental benefits speak for themselves:
    ï‚· No flooding of large catchment areas, resulting in no effect on the natural ecosystem in the river valley.
    ï‚· No silt accumulation in the dam basin
    ï‚· No need for fish ladders
    ï‚· No additional greenhouse gases (Dams create greenhouse gases)

    The development of damless hydro technology is being regarded very favorably by all concerned. It is likely that it will take the lead as the future choice for hydro electricity generation.

    Based on current project proposals, experts predict that the country could be producing 13,000 MW of power from hydrokinetic energy by 2025. This level of development is equivalent to displacing 22 new dirty coal-fired power plants avoiding the annual emission of nearly 86 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, as well as other harmful pollutants like mercury and particulate matter. The avoided carbon emissions in 2025 would be equivalent to taking 15.6 million cars off the road. State and federal policymakers across the U.S. have taken notice of the potential of hydrokinetic energy, and have begun to support its development through legislative and monetary means;

    Operating as an Independent Power Producer (IPP), the I-5 Crossing Project can sell the power generated by its hydro kinetic turbine via long-term, wholesale power purchase agreements (PPAs) to project equity partners, power marketing firms, utilities, cities and industrial interests.

    In-stream hydrokinetic power projects will generate the lowest cost renewable power since water currents are predictable and available 24 hours a day, unlike solar, and have an energy density 850 times greater than wind.
    River and ocean-based hydrokinetic projects will operate in baseload fashion, which is important for grid reliability, reducing the impacts of climate change and to better meeting our nation’s growing electricity needs
    Hydrokinetic power projects, generate electricity exclusively from moving water (river currents, tidal currents and ocean currents) without having to construct dams, impoundment or conduits.

    The next piece, Electrolysis
    The Electrolysis process splits hydrogen from water.
    Hydrogen Energy will be produced huge volume at this a large central facility, thereby lessening the need for the out dated Bonneville Lock and Dam and it’s Old, hydro-electric power station and it’s miles of high voltage transmission power lines.
    Once this Hydroelectric-Electrolysis Columbia River Channel control complex is constructed, it will make Jansen Beach the world’s largest Hydrogen Refueling station. Well placed for serving hydrogen vehicles, cars, trucks, boats, planes, trains, and sea going ships, or space bound rockets.
    Home fuel cells, also called micro combined heat and power (microCHP) and microgeneration and portable (Movable) fuel cell applications that are either used as micropower in consumer electronic devices to provide power or as portable power.
    Ending Batteries in the landfill.

    And O’ yea, it makes profit $ = JOBS

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