Company Uses Waves to Generate Electricity

Water, solar and wind are all part of the growing field of clean energy, but one company thinks that ocean waves are the wave of the future.

Startup company, Columbia Power, is developing a generator to turn ocean wave power into electricity. The company's Sting-ray generator floats on the surface as passing waves power an internal magnetic generator. An underwater cable then transmits the current to a power grid.

Wave power is similar to tidal power, which relies on the ocean tide to turn underwater turbines. The technology is still in the experimental phase as companies continue to look for cost effective ways to turn ocean waves into usable power.  

Instructional Links

Website Article: Energy Quest, Energy Story, Ocean Energy

http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/story/chapter14.html

Video: The Weather Channel, Harnessing Wave Energy for Power

https://weather.com/tv/shows/amhq/video/harnessing-wave-energy-for-power

Website Article: Energy Quest, Energy Story, Ocean Energy

http://columbiapwr.com/how-it-works/

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