“The world is looking for ways renewable sources can be used to meet our increasing energy demands. With the goal of reducing carbon emissions, the major question remains as to why sea and ocean waves have not been tapped into yet.” [Interesting Engineering]
“Wave-riding generators promise the cheapest clean energy ever” [newatlas.com]
Plans for a new solar farm have been widely reported – and responded to: Huge new solar farm for East Devon | Local News | News | Sidmouth Nub News and Campaign group ‘extremely disappointed’ by East Devon solar farm
These have been shared on the VGS social media – and have also received several comments, including the idea of putting solar panels in convenient places: Solar panels over car parks – Vision Group for Sidmouth
This in turn has received comment when posted on social media – including the idea of a ‘floating wave energy generator’: (6) Sidmouth Community | Should we be putting lots of solar panels over our car parking spaces in the Sid Valley | Facebook
What follows is an exploration of the idea…
This spine-like wave energy generator claims to beat fossil fuels on price
Lightweight, it could be built using reinforced plastic too.
A unique spine-like floating device designed by a startup based in Cyprus promises to harness the energy of the waves and convert it into electricity.
The world is looking for ways renewable sources can be used to meet our increasing energy demands. With the goal of reducing carbon emissions, the major question remains as to why sea and ocean waves have not been tapped into yet.
Various approaches have been attempted to do so. From floating buoys to underwater generators that look into tap into pressure differences, all have failed to deliver a technology that can be scaled up. However, of late, there has been some success. Earlier this month, we reported how an Australian company has been powering homes with its unique wave energy converter for over a year now.
With the video here:
There are lots of ideas for floating wave energy generation on video: Wave Energy Converter Turns Waves Into Power – YouTube and Wave power generator ‘proves ocean energy can work’ and is already powering homes | ABC News – YouTube
And there’s more and more interest in these technologies: The world’s largest capacity floating wave energy device is set to start tests in Scotland and sustainable power company slow mill installs first floating tidal turbine in the netherlands and Wave-riding generators promise the cheapest clean energy ever | newatlas.com
Could this work offshore for Sidmouth?