NewEnergyNews: Sweden’s Ocean Energy Breakthrough

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    Friday, April 15, 2016

    Sweden’s Ocean Energy Breakthrough

    The Wonder-Buoy That May Finally Make Wave Energy Feasible

    Rachel Nuwer, April 6, 2016 (Wired)

    “…[The to-and-fro and ebb-and-flow] motions of the ocean offer an endless supply of renewable energy…if engineers could figure out how to capture that power. Most prototypes for wave-energy converters have been massive and costly, or else they’re torn apart during violent storms at sea…[Sweden’s CorPower Ocean] may finally have a solution. Tests show its new buoy can produce three times as much electricity as the best rival tech, with a far more practical design…[Other devices are] hundreds of feet across and weigh well over a thousand tons…CorPower’s bobbing red machine is a mere 26 feet in diameter [but] can generate about 250 kilowatts of power—enough to cover the electricity needs of 200 homes…Wave-power farms could contain hundreds or even thousands of them…[F]ield trials are scheduled for next year…” click here for more

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