Niceville High student's project draws interest from Gov. Scott

Kyle Saleeby

Niceville High School senior Kyle Saleeby speaks with Gov. Rick Scott March 27 during the State Science and Engineering Fair in Lakeland, Fl. Saleeby's "A Current Event: Using Renewable Electrical Tidal Energy in the Production, Separation and Storage of Hydrogen Gas" was one of more than 830 projects at the event.

Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 05:53 PM.

Five years ago, Kyle Saleeby thought he was onto to something when he started trying to harness the power of the tide to produce clean energy.

At the State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida last month, he received confirmation he was on the right path from Gov. Rick Scott.

“I was just hoping to get a chance to talk to him,” the Niceville High School senior said. “ … He seemed to really like the idea (and) asked a couple of questions.”

By the time they were finished talking, Scott had asked Saleeby to send him more information about the project, and an aide handed Saleeby a business card with contact information. No promises were made but Saleeby is hopeful, nonetheless.

Watch a video of Saleeby talking to the governor »

“It would be awesome to have someone in such a high position even consider it,” he said. “One of the main problems with it right now is resources.”

Saleeby was inspired to explore the potential of the tides as an energy source in the seventh grade after he and his father got caught in changing tides while scuba diving under the Marler Bridge in Destin.

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