A pilot project in Australia by Carnegie Wave Energy plans to produce zero emission energy using their CETO wave energy technology to run a desalination plant.
CETO harnesses the enormous renewable energy present in our ocean’s waves and converts it into two of the most valuable commodities underpinning the sustainable growth of the planet; zero-emission electricity and zero-emission desalinated water.
Unlike other wave energy systems currently under development around the world, the CETO wave power converter is the first unit to be fully-submerged and to produce high pressure water from the power of waves.
Wave power doesn’t get nearly as much attention (or respect) as solar or wind. Yet the potential is enormous. Aquamarine Power is leading the way and will be building the biggest wave energy site ever.
Aquamarine Power has received full consent from the Scottish Government for a 40MW wave farm off the north-west coast of Lewis, Scotland – making it the world’s largest fully-permitted ocean energy site.
This will ultimately see the deployment of between 40 and 50 Oyster devices along the coast … in one of the best wave energy locations in Europe. Once complete, the farm will have the capacity to power nearly 30,000 homes.
Pacific Gas & Electric Co of California is now the first U.S. utility to commit to buying electricity generated from wave power. Finavera Renewables of Canada will build and install the systems off the Humboldt shores.
While the amount of power to be produced is just 2 megawatts, wave power could prove to be an important source of renewable energy. From the pdf on their site, quoting an LA Times article.
Finavera, based in Vancouver, is one of many companies chasing technologies designed to harness the force of the ocean to produce power. Some hope to tap the sea’s below-surface tidal forces, some target the power of breaking waves, and Finavera and others have focused on surface waves offshore.