Wave Power

Wave power is the transport of energy by ocean surface waves, and the capture of that energy to do useful work – for example, electricity generation, water desalination, or the pumping of water (into reservoirs). Machinery able to exploit wave power is generally known as a wave energy converter (WEC).

Wave power is distinct from the diurnal flux of tidal power and the steady gyre of ocean currents. Wave-power generation is not currently a widely employed commercial technology, although there have been attempts to use it since at least 1890. In 2008, the first experimental wave farm was opened in Portugal, at the Aguçadoura Wave Park. The major competitor of wave power is offshore wind power.

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Wave Power - Patents
... Patent 3,928,967 — 1974 Apparatus and method of extracting wave energy – The original "Salter's Duck" patent U.S ... use in the extraction of energy from waves on water – Salter's method for improving "duck" efficiency U.S ... electrical energy generator US application 20,040,217,597 — 2004 Wave energy converters utilizing pressure differences (src) ...
Wave Farm - United States
... Wave power in the United States is under development in several locations off the east west coasts as well as Hawaii ... where other forms of energy production are not economically viable and as such, the power output is currently modest ... for the implementation and economic viability of two new wave power energy centers as of September 30, 2008 ...
Wave Power In Australia - Projects
... Portland, Victoria, Australia - Ocean Power Technologies (Australasia) Pty Ltd is developing a 19 megawatts wave power station connected to the grid near Portland, Victoria ... AU $66.46 million grant from the Federal Government of Australia Oceanlinx is trialling a wave energy system at Port Kembla - Thousands of air filled balloons are submerged under water and energy is ... Western Australia they are refining a method of using energy captured from passing waves to generate high-pressure sea water ...
Renewable-energy Economy - Third-generation Technologies - Ocean Energy - Wave Power
... to harvest utility-scale electrical power from ocean waves have recently been gaining momentum as a viable technology ... Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) estimated the viable resource in the United States at 255 TWh per year (6% of demand) ... to harness the rise and fall of waves by Ocean Power Technologies ...

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