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Fleets of Wave Power Ships Could Harvest Cheap Energy from the Motion of the Ocean
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One of the biggest benefits of this technology is the fact that when severe storms strike the ships can be kept in ports. However, this seems somewhat counter-productive because the strength of waves during a storm can produce huge amounts of electricity very quickly. Fixed wave-power generators must be built to cope with extremely high waves, which adds to their cost, but they can remain out at sea during storms and produce a great deal of energy. They also don’t involve the element of human danger apart from during maintenance.
Nonetheless, the cost savings of these vessels could signify a game-changer for the wave power sector. Furthermore, the fact that the technology can be retro-fitted onto existing ships makes for even more cost savings.
With cost being one of the few remaining barriers to renewable energy technology fulfilling our energy needs, projects like this are pivotal to our energy future.
Via New Scientist
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