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Power from a “Wave Carpet”

Written by , on February 7, 2014

University of California Berkeley professor Reza Alam and his team have developed a "wave carpet" which can extract the energy of ocean waves and turn it into electricity or fresh water The "wave carpet" is a rubber mat which sit on top of a grid of hydraulic actuators, cylinders and pumps, on a muddy ocean […]  Read more »

Italy to Get Wave Power Plant

Written by , on May 24, 2013

UK based 40South Limited is to install a 150 kilowatt wave power module outside Livorno Port in Tuscany. The device uses two connected buoyant sections that sit one above the other at different depths. The lower section is moored to the seabed. The arms that connect them move inside each other like pistons, generating power […]  Read more »

Maths Could Double Power from Waves

Written by , on July 4, 2012

A team of mathematicians and engineers from the University of Exeter and Tel Aviv University have devised a means of accurately predicting the power of the next incoming wave in order to make wave power technology far more efficient – potentially extracting twice as much energy as is currently possible. The key challenges for wave […]  Read more »

Study: Current Technolgy Could Power the World

Written by , on January 28, 2011

According to a new study by Stanford researcher Mark Jacobson and Mark Delucchi, of the University of California-Davis, by 2030 all new energy generation could come from wind, water and solar, and by 2050, all pre-existing energy production could be converted to renewables, using only technology that is already available and at a similar cost […]  Read more »

Wave Energy from Undersea Wings

Written by , on December 15, 2010

The Florida Institute of Technology is testing a new technology to convert the energy produced by waves into electricity, The so-called Wing Waves work by tapping the elliptical motion of waves 20 to 30 metres beneath the surface and converting it into mechanical energy that can be used to generate power. Each trapezoid-shaped wing of […]  Read more »

Wave-powered Desalination

Written by , on May 29, 2010

Independent Natural Resources Inc, has received a permit for a wave powered facility to desalinate water off the coast of Freeport, Texas. The company hopes that the system will be in operation by the end of the year. The facility will be a 25 by 50 metre platform under which there will be 18 of […]  Read more »

Europe Plans a Renewables Super-grid

Written by , on January 11, 2010

Nine European countries have agreed to work together to build an electricity "super-grid" which will allow them to integrate their renewable energy production and storage facilities. The nine countries – Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden and Ireland and the UK – are planning a network made up of thousands of kilometres of […]  Read more »

World’s Largest Wave Power Generator Launched

Written by , on November 30, 2009

The world’s largest working wave energy electricity generating device has been officially launched in Scotland. Known as Oyster, the device, built by Aquamarine Power, is stationed at the European Marine Energy Center Billia Croo site near Stromness. At present, it is the world’s only wave energy device which is producing power to the grid. Oyster […]  Read more »

New Wave Power Technology Demonstrated

Written by , on May 9, 2009

A British company, Checkmate Seaenergy Ltd, has demonstrated a new wave energy device known as "Anaconda".. Its inventors claim the key to its success lies in its simplicity: Anaconda is little more than a length of rubber tubing filled with water. Waves in the water create bulges which travel along the tubing gathering energy. In […]  Read more »

Wave Power Setback

Written by , on March 18, 2009

 Last July, a Pelamis wave power generator was towed into the Atlantic about 5 kilometres off the coast of Aguçadoura in northern Portugal. In September, two more Pelamis uints were added. Each Pelamis unit was capable of generating about 750 megawatts of electricity – making this the world’s first commercial wave power project. The project […]  Read more »