While we at Genergy specialize in Solar Energy for industrial and domestic set-ups, we are also aware of other renewable energy technologies out there. This one caught our eyes: ocean wave energy.
There are some people who, when they see the ocean, think of it as a massive battery waiting for someone to understand it. The amount of continuous energy emanating from the ocean is mind-boggingly enormous, but without any way of harnessing it, is about as much use as, let’s say, a nuclear power plant after someone has dropped a spanner in the mechanisms. Remember that?
So obvious is to so many people that the ocean could be the answer to our massive energy needs, that NASA put out an open call for wave energy innovations in 2014.
There have since been many ideas that have come forward, including the WaveHub operation off the coast of Cornwall, http://www.wavehub.co.uk/.
The main problem with wave energy systems is that the ocean is one rugged place. Solar panels get to feel the wind and the rain, and the storms lash at them, but they tend to stay intact, pretty much, for years, and have decades-long guarantees. They don’t have the constant threat of rough seas, and the resultant massive maintenance costs that ocean-housed technologies have and what have been keeping investors away for years.