Harnessing the energy of waves in the ocean could create an infinite source of zero-emission electricity—but making that happen will not be easy. Costs of production, corrosion, biofouling, and potential impacts to wildlife are just some of the challenges. But the physics is simple: Converters in the ocean bounce up and down with the tides, and their kinetic energy is transferred to onshore storage devices. Many organizations are exploring the possibility. Cyprus-based Sea Wave Energy uses a flexible, modular system that operates much like a floating spine in its kinetic design. By smoothly following the motion of waves, the energy generators create and store electricity.
Designing the Future of Power Systems