Ocean waves can provide power to 30,000 homes

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

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We’ve seen animals and plants being farmed, but have you ever heard of a wave farm? Well, it turns out that not only can you farm ocean waves, but they can be turned into energy for homes!

The government of Scotland is joining forces with a company called Aquamarine Power to create a wave farm machine that can generate enough energy to power 30,000 homes.

How does this fascinating renewable energy technology work? Basically, a wave farm uses a huge buoy – an anchored floating device – that can turn the up and down movement of the sea into electricity. Okay, so why don’t we see these things more often, if they’re so amazing and clean?

Well, first of all it’s a newer technology and there’s many designs currently being tested to see which one is the best. Also, nobody is really certain if it’s worth the cost in money. It does seem promising, though, or the Scottish government wouldn’t have jumped on board with Aquamarine Power!

The latest machine, called the Oyster 800, is still being fine-tuned. Aquamarine Power works closely with SSE, a major energy company that plans on installing an undersea electricity cable by 2017 to increase the reach of wave power.

Images courtesy of Aquamarine Power.