Post by mightyspuds on Dec 4, 2007 19:57:14 GMT -8
Harness Waves and Tides
The oceans cover more than 70 percent of the Earth's surface. Waves contain an abundance of energy that could be directed to turbines, which can then turn this mechanical power into electrical.
The obstacle to using this energy source has been the difficulty in harnessing it. Sometimes the waves are too small to generate sufficient power. The trick is to be able to store the energy when enough mechanical power is generated.
New York City's East River is now in the process of becoming the test bed for six tide-powered turbines, and Portugal's reliance on waves in a new project is expected to produce enough power for more than 1,500 homes.
Here, a buoy system capable of capturing the oceans power in the form of offshore swells is illustrated by researchers at Oregon State University.
Interesting. I do not care how they power my electric, solar, wind or what ever. I still think I will stick with the power company and have a dependable supply. Companys are trying wind and solar.
I wanted to build a wind powered electric and I don't know where the plans are now. It was backwood home I think car alternator and canvas wind sails to turn it. I figure it would do for a light and that is about it. You have to have the sails to wind feather if too strong a wind. I am no good at this stuff. I can light an oil lamp or candle. I figure the cheapest way to have electric in the power company. Less work and what have you. IF it ever came down to it and no power probably be no anything anyway. I will use just what I need and pay for it. People lived for years with out electric and so on. We did at the ranch.
"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody."