According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the annual energy potential of waves off the coast of the U.S. is 2.64 trillion kilowatt-hours, roughly 66 percent of the country’s annual power generation. Abundantly available throughout the year, sea waves can be a valuable addition to the growing list of renewable sources of energy that we are tapping into to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
However, there is a significant problem. Scientists have not been able to arrive at an optimal design to harness energy from the waves. While some have attempted to use bobbing buoys, others have tried to tap into the pressure differences on the sea floor as the waves pass overhead to generate power, all to not-so-acceptable results.
Wave Swell: Where others have failed
Wave Swell’s first energy generator unit is different because it has a blow hole design. Named the Uni Wave200 generator, with a whopping cost of 12 million dollars, it has been extensively tested at the Australian Maritime College, according to the ABC News report.