Wing Waves: Harnessing Deep Ocean Movement To Produce Electricity
A research team has designed a pair of metal wings that can tap waves to generate clean energy.
Researchers from the Florida Institute of Technology are working on an interesting project-to develop an undersea system that can produce clean electricity. The Wing Waves are a pair of metal wings that flap to and fro with the ocean’s swells, harvesting the waves’ motion occurring deep beneath the ocean surface. This motion is eventually converted into electricity that can be routed through cables to the surface.
Unlike conventional systems that produce energy, Wing Waves are anchored to the ocean floor and are completely functional underwater. The team working on it says that even a calm ocean has enough swells to operate the Wing Waves and just a square mile of wings could provide enough electricity to power over 200,000 homes. The system will be environmentally friendly too, and will not harm sea creatures.