Harnessing the energy of waves for the electric grid

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Eco Wave Power

Did you know that waves are a source of energy? Started in Israel, the Eco Wave Power project has been experimenting with this clean form of electricity production that has since been expanded to different countries around the world. We take a closer look at this innovation and the promise it holds in our feature "Protecting the planet one step at a time" in partnership with the NGO Energy Observer Solutions.

The tremendous power of the waves can now be converted directly into electricity and injected into the grid using Eco Wave Power. It's a device that has the potential for half the globe's inhabitants to benefit from it.

Converting kinetic energy from the waves into electricity

On the eastern shores of the Mediterranean, Inna Braverman, from Haifa University has developed Eco Wave Power, a solution for converting the kinetic energy created by waves into electricity. In this way, the tremendous power of the oceans can be harvested and injected directly into the electricity network. The principle is simple: floats installed on the seafront, which are subject to the surf from the waves, drive hydraulic pumps. The continuous back and forth motion of the waves provides an uninterrupted source of energy. This is wave energy. More predictable than wind and sun, it enables electricity production using mechanisms that are easier and cheaper to implement.

Doubling energy production around the world

Rolling out the system along every coastal fringe could double the amount of energy produced around the world, without emitting any greenhouse gas whatsoever. Having set up a test unit in the port of Jaffa in Israel, in 2017 Eco Wave Power inaugurated its first electricity power plant in Gibraltar. With a capacity of five megawatts, it supplies the state with 15% of its electricity. Further construction projects are underway in China, India, Chile and the United Kingdom with a total capacity of 135 megawatts.

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