Ocean waves are fast becoming an important tool in the race for alternative energy sources. This consistent form of renewable energy has nearly unlimited potential. With oceans covering nearly 70% of the surface of the earth, there is no shortage of powerful waves. Past wave technologies have utilized energy transferred directly from the surface waves or from changes in pressure beneath the surface. Though certain areas around the world produce better results, nearly every continent has access to waves strong enough to generate electricity.
The Anaconda, designed by London engineers, is a developing technology that may be able to handle large scale power needs cheaply and efficient. This device derives its name from its resemblance to a snake. Waves would strike the opening, causing a bulge wave to propel a turbine at the end of the “snake”. The energy could then be transferred to land via underwater cables. Each Anaconda has the possibility to generate enough power for 2000 homes at 12 cents (6 pence) per kWh or less. This technology could prove to be a valuable backup technology early on in the conversion to full renewable energy. More Anaconda information.
Ocean transportation may also get back to its roots by harvesting the power of the ocean and nature. Further wave technology may allow shipping companies to cut down or cease the reliance on fossil fuels. Ken-ichi Horie recently sailed from Hawaii to Japan aboard the Suntory Mermaid II. Though the trip took nearly twice as long as hoped due to calm seas, it proves that wave technology deserves to be studied further. More information on the Suntory Mermaid II.
By combining working renewable sources of energy we can begin to build a reliable alternative energy network that will secure our generation in history. The possibilities for alternative energy research are endless. Wave power may soon be one of the easiest and cheapest forms of renewable energy.