Harnessing energy from the waves of the world’s oceans seems like the ultimate in renewable fuel. Yet research lags 15-20 years behind studies of solar and wind power. With funding from the National Science Foundation, Electrical engineer Annette von Jouanne is leading efforts to capture wave energy, by creating simple, powerful devices that can withstand heavy winds, monster waves, and corrosive salt water. Oregon State University research now underway is based on ocean buoy generators. As ocean swells hit the buoy, electrical coils inside move through a magnetic field, inducing a voltage, and creating electricity.
Provided by the National Science Foundation