Michael Raftery's blog

Wave energy power systems have not (yet) made it to the stage of development of wind and solar, but wave energy is much more concentrated than wind and solar and, therefore, is a excellent source of sustainable energy, and there is so much of it out there too.

 

The biggest problem is that waves are not easy to harvest. Some systems work well in big waves and others only in small waves. There is a way around that problem by inducing waves to break. Once a wave breaks, the energy is further concentrated and energy capture is easier to accomplish in breaking waves than in smooth offshore waves, just like surfers can only surf in breaking waves. 

 

The Surf Making Energy Harvesting Device (SMWEHD) produces breaking waves by creating an adjustable bottom beneath ocean waves.

 

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