A new design for wave power can generate electricity regardless of direction of waves. This is still in initial testing. However, given the huge amount of potential energy in waves, should wave power become commercially viable, we could probably power the planet from wave power alone. In wave tanks at Lancaster University, the chain of […]
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This is welcome news. Utility scale wave power will be tested soon off the coast of Oregon. There is so much energy just waiting to be harnessed from waves, enough to power millions of coastal homes, no doubt, and with zero emissions. The Pacific Marine Energy Center, or PMEC, will test energy generation potential and […]
Huge amounts of tidal and wave power energy is just waiting to be harnessed off the coast of Britain, says a new report from their government.
Eco Wave Power has successfully tested wave power devices in stormy conditions in the Black Sea. Two of their rather small devices can power 6-10 houses steadily. Imagine, they say, what 100 commercial-scale devices could do. Let’s hope it happens.
German utility firm RWE npower renewables has withdrawn its backing for the world’s largest “wave farm”, throwing the future of the 4MW facility in doubt, the Sunday Herald can reveal. Part of this was triggered by financial problems within RWE npower but still, the sea is an unforgiving place and also, well, with all the […]
Pacific Gas & Electric is abandoning pilot projects for wave power off the California coast. It cited lack of funding and high costs of the projects as the primary reasons. The projects were tiny in size, 2 MW and 5 MW, quite unlike current plans by Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom (formerly S.F. Mayor) to build […]
SQUID, which looks somewhat reminiscent of its namesake, has an inflatable absorber similar to a large balloon which fills with sea water. Sitting just under the surface, the absorber is moved by passing waves and the energy from this motion drives a generator to produce electricity. AlbaTERN, the company developing it, hopes to have a […]
A government thinktank has predicted that the British marine energy sector could be worth £76bn to the economy and support 68,000 jobs by 2050. They say total capacity by 2050 could be a substantial 27.5 GW.
(Newsom is currently Mayor of San Francisco and will become California Lt. Gov. as soon as the S.F. City Council appoints a replacement for him.) Gavin Newsom says wave power eight miles off the coast of San Francisco is economically feasible and can be done at a cost less than solar power. He originally favored […]
We can do that here too. We have the resources and know-how. All we need is the consensus and determination to do it. Then we would have copious amounts of clean energy produced with our own resources within our own borders. Scotland already gets 29% of its energy from renewables. By 2020 it will be […]