A great deal of electricity is already provided by the movement of water in hydroelectric power plants. Usually, large turbines are placed just after dams or under waterfalls that spin as the water rushes past at high speed. There are other ways to generate power from the movement of water, though, and automotive supplier Continental is providing its expertise towards that goal. The supplier's ContiTech subsidiary is drawing on Continental's vast experience with rubber for the project, which pla
While we wait to finally have a range of electric, or at least plug-in, cars to buy, it's good to know that there are ever more sources of clean energy - i.e., wave power - to produce this electricity. As you might have noticed, the ocean is permanently moving, so it is a good idea to capture some of this kinetic energy. Back in the 1970s it building dams at seashores was considered, that strategy wasn't met with success. The idea has been reconsidered, and today energy is captured not from tide
By now, most people are familiar with the concept of using wave power as an eco-friendly alternative to the burning of fossil fuels. What may be a new concept, though, is using the waves to power a boat. Billed as the most eco-friendly way to power a boat since the sail was invented, wave power is captured by flippers at the bow, and then serves to drive the vessel forward.
AWS Ocean Energy has devised an underwater bouy generator system that is mechanically simple and should be able to harness the power of waves without some of the potential negatives of undersea turbines. Bouys anchored to the ocean floor with their tops 6-50m below the surface would drive generators as they bob with the passing waves above.