How Ocean Wave Energy is Being Used
Ocean Wave Energy is energy that is created by ocean waves, which are created by natures wind force. The energy can be harnessed from either the wave surface or the changes in pressure below the waves. This energy is then taken and put to work by being transferred into a source of power. Because of the wave’s fluctuations, and their inconsistencies’, trying to use ocean wave energy has become quite the challenge. Also, this is a renewable energy source that can’t be used everywhere. So why do scientists and researchers continue to try and make ocean wave energy work?
The reason that they still try to make ocean wave energy work is because in some places the wave power can be so strong and it can transfer into an inexpensive renewable power source. There are some different technologies that are trying to harness this power. These wave technologies can be installed both offshore, and onshore. It all depends on where engineers can harness the most ocean wave energy.
One of the technologies being used to capture ocean wave energy is the attenuators. These attenuators rest on the surface of the ocean and run parallel to the orientation of the waves. When waves pass by, it causes the attenuators to flex where they are connected. These connectors are then attached to hydraulic pumps and that’s where it converts the waves to energy.
Using ocean wave energy is an inexpensive renewable energy source. It creates thousands of renewable energy jobs, as creating technology to work for this conversion takes specialized training and education.
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