By Harnessing Wave Power, Endless Renewable Energy Could Be A Possibility [Watch]

Embargoed to 1400 Tuesday May 18 Undated handout photo of a new wave-power machine, the Vagr Atferd, built by Leith-based Pelamis for energy firm E.ON, which will be launched by Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 18, 2010. The generator, which is designed to produce up to 750kw of electricity, will be tested at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney for three years while it is prepared for commercial use. See PA story SCOTLAND Wave. Photo credit should read: E.ON/PA Wire


Australian-based company Carnegie Wave Energy Ltd. is generating energy from a CETO 6 unit off the coast of Western Australia for the largest naval base, HMAS Stirling.

The system operates underwater and harnesses the power of ocean currents, effectively turning the ocean’s swell into electricity. It relies on a system of submerged buoys and pumps to convert the wave energy into power and, ultimately, fresh drinking water through a desalination process. Each CETO 6 unit has a specified, nominal 1 MW power capacity and transmits this power onshore via subsea cables. Additionally, this system actually encourages marine life and ecosystem health by acting as an artificial reef, making it an attractive environmental option for the future.

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) stated that with proper government support and funding, this particular energy source can progress quite rapidly along the innovation chain and eventually become commercialized.

Wave energy is estimated to be powerful enough to supply more than the whole world’s current power consumption. Advancements in harnessing wave power could be the solution to the search for a consistent and powerful green energy source, given both its predictability and magnitude.

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  1. A few years back I was looking in companies to invest in. I was very high on nuclear desalination overseas and looked in Ocean Power Technologies which essentially makes buoys that act as pistons going up in down in waves to generate electricity. The future just isn’t there. At the time it was trading around 36$. Today they are trading around 2$….ouch. Source:{%22range%22:%225y%22,%22allowChartStacking%22:true}

    I was watching a late night program the other day and they said the cost of a gallon of gas is now going to be cheaper than a gallon of water. The crowd erupts in a resounding Cheer and applause. People sure do love their fossil fuels.

    Ever wonder why more wind farms are not put up? Because people in communities, the tax payers vote them down. Say they are too noisy, too much of an eye sore and site that neighbors suffer from unexplained health effects as a result.

    It is the people of this country holding back clean energy in America. Not corrupt politicians. Not big oil over seas. The American people themselves.


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