TECHNICAL RESOURCES

Is This the Right Time for Large Scale Wave Energy Conversion?

By Rik van Hemmen

“Is This the Right Time for Large Scale Wave Energy Conversion?”

Author: Rik van Hemmen and Mike Raftery

Presented at SMPE/SNAME/IMarEST joint meeting, December 18, 2018

Wave Energy Conversion (WEC) should be part of the sustainable energy toolbox. Solar and wind are now competitive sustainable technologies, but, even though there have been Wave Energy Conversion development efforts as long as there have been solar and industrial wind efforts, wave energy conversion simply has never made it out of the experimental starting blocks. This paper examines prior efforts and examines why they failed and describes emerging technologies that could make large scale wave energy conversion competitive with present state of the art large scale wind and solar.

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