When we were in New Orleans recently we learned about plans by an organization called Free Flow Power to generate electricity by harnessing the power in the deep Mississippi river close by. As part of our ongoing NOLA Changemakers interview series we talked to Jon Guidroz, Director of Project Development at Free Flow Power, about his clean energy project and the unique spirit of NOLA.

Can you tell us a little about what Free Flow Power does?

Free Flow Power Corporation was founded to produce clean renewable energy, using the force of rivers, streams, ocean currents, or tides, to generate electricity, without building new dams or diversions. We have developed a proprietary turbine generator technology that was tested at Alden Labs in March 2008 and we expect the next generation of our FFP Turbine Generator to be available for field-testing in the spring of 2009. This technology is applicable to a variety of variable speed and variable head environments. We have been issued preliminary permits by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) providing exclusive rights over approximately 100 hydrokinetic and low impact hydropower project sites on the Mississippi, Ohio and Missouri Rivers.

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