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Renewable energy science fair project:
Which Type of Ocean Wave Energy Converter Produces the Most Power?


Science Fair Project Information
Title: Which Type of Ocean Wave Energy Converter Produces the Most Power?
Subject: Renewable Energy
Grade level: Middle School - Grades 7-9
Academic Level: Ordinary
Project Type: Experimental
Cost: Medium
Affiliation: Selah Junior High School
Year: 2002
Description: The converters tested were: horizontal oscillating water columns, nodding floats, surge devices.
Link: http://share3.esd105.wednet.edu/mcmillend/02SciProj/Briston%20T/Bristont.htm
Short Background

The oceans have a tremendous amount of energy and are close to many if not most concentrated populations. Many researches show that ocean energy has the potentiality of providing for a substantial amount of new renewable energy around the world.

The oceans represent a vast and largely untapped source of energy in the form of fluid flow (currents, waves, and tides--also termed hydrokinetics) and thermal and salinity gradients. There are a number of approaches to extracting energy from the ocean, though most remain in the investigation or demonstration phase.

  • Marine current power
  • Ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC)
  • Salinity gradient power
  • Tidal power
  • Wave power

Sometimes Wind power (offshore) is also included in the list of renewable ocean energies.

Source: Wikipedia (All text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License)

For More Information:
Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC)
Tidal Power

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