Our first thought was to write a post about the challenges of wave energy to help explain why it hasn't happened yet, but it seemed more positive to start with the advantages. Why are we pursing this anyway?
These are certainly not all, and they are not necessarily in order of importance, but some of the key benefits of wave energy are:
Ocean waves are generated by wind, and large waves are the result of storms that have already occurred far out at sea. Large waves can travel long distances without losing energy from internal viscous effects (friction). However, waves do get smaller as they spread out laterally over the sea.
Wave generation and propagation can be predicted accurately with modern computer models that are often coupled with weather models. So, one can know days in advance what the wave conditions will be near the shore (at least for large waves from storms that have already occurred).
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