Clean Energy from the Waves ( Solar Thermal Magazine) Some technologie are so simple in concept and design that you have to wonder if it is really that easy. If it is this easy why is it that no one seems to realize it?
This is one of those technologies. The design for the Oyster wave energy generator has been around for many year waiting for the world to catch up and realize that we need to shift our focus to clean energy. The Oyster is made by the Aquamarine Power company and uses the simple concept of a large moving flap to capture the energy of a wave as pressurized water and send it to shore and turn an electric generator to make clean affordable electricity.
By combining multiple Oysters in a single location you can average the wave pulses to generate a cleaner AC wave form by collecting the high pressure water into a single pipe to shore as the feed to the generator.
The Scottish government has approved a project for up to 50 Oyster devices which may make it the largest wave energy farm in the world.The devices will be located about half a kilometer offshore in about 10 meters of water.
Clean energy from waves for years to come from a simple device such as this seems to easy but too valuable a technology to ignore.
Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.