Over the next year, scientists at the University of Hawaii will monitor the operation of the converter of sea wave energy into electricity. The object of observation was a 45-ton generator Azura, which is distinguished by the ability to convert any of its movements into electricity.
The uniqueness of the experiment lies in the fact that the generated electricity will go directly to the US power system. If the result satisfies scientists and power engineers, then we should expect a massive deployment of such systems from 2017.
The US Department of Energy is interested in the development of renewable energy sources. The emphasis is on the fact that more than half of the country's population lives within 50 miles of the coast.
A few days ago, the acceptance of projects for the competition of wave energy converters ended, in which 92 creative teams took part. The main prize of the competition will be a cash prize of $ 1.5 million. In August, 20 best projects will be selected, after which their developers will start creating working models.