“Capturing football fields” of power – Offshore Wind-Wave Energy Farms in Japan and California

For the real-world project, look to Japan:

“The world’s first hybrid power generation system is due to be installed off the coast of western Japan later this year. The offshore facility is designed to draw power from the wind and waves.”

Here’s the video on the Japan Wind-Wave facility:

And, for the theoretical basis for why this approach is so potentially powerful, here “Eric Stoutenburg of Stanford University discusses his dissertation findings on the synergy that one gets when one combines offshore wind and wave energy farms.” Stoutenberg is very clear and very enlightening.

Combining Offshore Wind and Wave Energy Farms to Facilitate Grid Integration of Variable Renewables :

2 Responses

  1. Wave, tide, and wind power together offer the most achievable, sustainable, and ample power sources for a technical society and require no new technology. They are not a 100% solution, but nothing is a 100% solution. The two hand-holding impediments to these solutions are regulatory and corporate which place profit and control priorities over national survival. When technology becomes an addiction, and improvement becomes an end goal, attainment of the goal never occurs. A solution never arrives. Simple answers are never good enough. Sustainable energy sourcing is a necessary goal for survival of any modern society. If a society does not attain that goal, it will not survive. Period. To solve any problem a goal must be attained, not eternally homed in on. The problem with the major US political parties is that both place large corporations and regulatory power fastened to a dead reality above survival. By doing so, neither can provide a survivable national future.

  2. Offshore wind turbines can also be found in the North Sea.

    In Antarctica, where wind turbines are used to power research bases, this has been a very successful alternative source of energy. It has been used at the U.S. Mc Murdo Station and the base at the South Pole. The New Zealand and Argentine stations in Antarctica are likewise powered by wind turbines.

    The only death that has been attributable to wind energy technology is a worker in Wasco, Oregon in 2007 when the device was unintentionally activated as it was being maintained.

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