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Environmental Impact of Wave Energy

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Harnessing the renewable energy resource of the ocean waves along coastlines has huge potential. Generating clean energy from renewable sources is one of the fastest growing industries around the world. Wave energy installations and devices which use concrete foundations or tethered lines to anchor themselves to the seabed has long raised concerns about their environmental impact to both sea life and shipping. The environmental impact of wave energy devices on marine species, such as whales, seals, dolphins and migratory fish is still unknown as the technology is still under development, but as with all renewable energy installations ecologists and engineers are working together to design wave energy devices that address both the environmental concerns and conservation issues

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Ocean Wave Power

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Ocean wave energy converters capture the energy contained in the oceans waves to generate electricity. There are a wide range of oceanic wave energy devices and technologies all of which use different ways to extract the energy from the movement of the waves, with each one having its own advantages and disadvantages depending on the depth of water and on the location, whether shoreline, near to the shore, or further out at sea. All wave energy technologies basically operate the same, a fixed prime mover captures the energy of the waves converting it into mechanical energy which is then converted into electrical energy before being sent to the shore

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Wave Energy Devices

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Wave energy devices capture the kinetic energy of the oceans waves and convert it into electricity. Harnessing the free energy generated from floating ocean devices is one of the most promising renewable energy resources around our coastal areas as the technology behind the use of wave energy devices is becoming increasingly more efficient. Wave energy is one of the fastest growing industries around the world as the range and design of wave energy devices being developed increases yearly as more companies invent different ways of extracting the energy in the vertical movement of the oceans waves using ducks, snakes, bouys and columns

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Wave Energy Potential

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Wave energy devices harvest the energy from the movement of the oceans waves. Electrical energy from the waves can be generated using a variety of different technologies which capture and use the free energy from the surface wave or as pressure fluctuation below the surface. Oscillating wave energy devices tetherd to the sea bed exploit the vertical up-down motion of a body in response to the waves movement. Wave energy devices such as point absorbers, bouys, attenuators, oscillating water columns and overtopping devices have all been developed to operate at different water depths, wave characteristics and locations

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