Wave Energy

According to the US Department of Energy, wave energy off the coast of the United States is an estimated 252 billion kilowatthours a year, about 7% of the United States’ electricity consumption in 2008.  The West Coast of the US appears to be particularly good for harnessing wave energy.  Learn about and view images of all the technologies under development at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology Database.

Also, Pelamis Wave Power’s website contains videos and interactive models of The Pelamis Wave Energy Converter which was “the world’s first commercial scale machine to generate electricity to the grid from offshore wave energy and the first to be used commercially.”

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