Harnessing Power from the Ocean's Tides, Currents, Waves, and TemperaturesSubmitted by RobHino on Thu, 04/03/2014 - 00:49
I've always been an advocate of keeping-it-local with regards to politics and energy production. Growing up in a beach community, I've always been interested in this type of technology for energy production. It just seemed obvious to me for coastal cities to try to harness the ocean's energy. Is this the future of energy production? These seem like pretty basic concepts. What's the hold up? What are the downsides? Which method of collection below do you think holds the most potential?
Turn the tides into energy
Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon
A Kickstarter project to harness ocean current
Dynamic Tidal Power in China
Capturing sea energy from waves
A different design to capture wave power
And my personal favorite which I was first introduced to in Thermodynamics in college is capturing energy through the temperature difference of ocean water at different depths.
Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion
Collection of thermal energy from the ocean