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A federal permit for a test of up to 10 wave-powered generators off the Oregon coast came last month, enough, according to New Jersey-based manufacturer Ocean Power Technologies, to power about 1,000 homes. No sunshine? Wave energy could produce twice as much electricity—2 million mw—as the world currently produces.

“Wave energy is essentially an accumulation of wind energy,” Charles F. Dunleavy, the chief executive at Ocean Power Technologies, said in a telephone interview. In the northern Pacific, he said, consistent winds fuel consistent waves, and the distance they travel in their rolling line creates a huge area of wave energy, or fetch, that a bobbing buoy can capture. Other places with good fetch include some areas off the coasts of Western Europe and South America.

It would be great to power EV's like the Volt with with ocean waves as well as sunshine!

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/04/us/project-aims-to-harness-wave-energy-off-the-oregon-coast.html

http://www.oregonwave.org/

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Well if waves can produce twice as much energy as we produce, the sun falling on earth could produce a million times more... In the early stages the EROEI or net energy must be awful....corrosion of course is an issue as well.... promising though..

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Solar is still the best. Only if the solar PV installers aren't charging an arm and a leg, then truly we have reached the clean energy utopia for majority of our needs.
 

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....corrosion of course is an issue as well....
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Yes, and I wonder about barnacles and the like too. Under an "all of the above" energy development, it's yet another potential source that doesn't risk tar balls and dead sea critters.
 

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2 million mw wouldn't be that much. That'd be 2kw. ;)

Anyway, 2TW is quite a lot. Not that they mean instantaneous power, not total output.

The only thing is that wave energy isn't that great at the moment. It's still experimental. But, if anyone cracks it, there will be a lot of happy countries, with Scotland in particular very keen on wave.
 

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Too bad that the politician's 'all of the above' energy policies don't mean 'all of the above' renewable energy options. The Gulf Stream comes within several miles of shore in South Florida. There is experimentation going on with ALL that turbine energy waiting to be captured. These could be exciting times if they would all just admit that fossil fuels are a doomed road to nowhere.
 
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