Seattle: Wave Power the Future of Coastal Energy?
Off Seattle's coast, a new buoy system serves as a prototype for generating wind turbines powered by waves.
“What we have here is the beginning of a change in how we are going to produce electricity in the United States and the world,” Reenst Lesemann, the CEO of Columbia Power Technologies, told reporters.
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By using the motion between the buoys, generators spin and convert the ocean waves or sound waves into electricity. The system represents over a decade of research and development. The prototype will be enough to power an average American home, but by installing a full-scale model, hundreds will be covered.
As most of the world's populations lives within 100 kilometers of a coast, the source of energy is reasonably close to demand. In the next year, a full-sized buoy is expected to be up and running.