Unless we all build our own portable wind turbines, the rush to figure out clean energy solutions is more dire than ever. While solar and wind have garnered the most attention under the Obama administration, a new project is trying to prove that wave power could be the most efficient clean energy of the future.
The system consists of underwater pumps and buoys tethered to the ocean floor that, when moved by wave action, send water in pipes back to a turbine system on land that produces hydroelectric power. The water is also then desalinated to create fresh drinking water.
As SURFER notes, “Since everything is underwater, the whole system is invisible, so there’d be little NIMBY complaining about eyesore power stations in the ocean. The buoys also act as artificial reefs, another side bonus.”
Despite the saltwater being detrimental to the longterm viability of the submerged machinery, the ocean’s waves could one day be just the thing that saves us. And all this time we’ve been tuning out those stoner, hippy surfers claiming that surfing saves …
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