Wave Energy

Wave energy is a form of solar energy, since the winds that produce waves are caused by pressure differences in the atmosphere that arise from solar heating.

There are numerous types of wave energy generators being developed, though all use the waves’ energy to drive traditional turbines.

The water that rises and falls in an Oscillating Water Column, for instance, drives air into and out of the top of the shaft, powering an air-driven turbine. Pitching Devices generate electricity from the bobbing action of a floating object, while Wave Focusing Devices channel the water into an elevated reservoir, where it generates electricity by turning standard hydropower turbines.