From Ocean Waves to Electricity

From Ocean Waves to Electricity

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After miraculously surviving the Chernobyl nuclear plant explosion at only two weeks old after breathing in radioactive dust, Inna Braverman knew she wanted to devote her life to creating a safe, sustainable way of producing energy. Today, she’s founded Eco Wave Power which places unique technology on coastlines to make energy from waves. Writers at Israel21c tell us more:

The ocean moves just as much as water flowing down a river or cascading off a dam. But transforming the crash of waves into electricity has been elusive, not the least because a particularly strong wave can quickly destroy wave-to-electricity equipment. That’s what happened with Pelamisin Europe and Oceanlinx in Australia, both now out of business…

Even worse, despite the positives of ocean wave-generated power, environmentalists are generally opposed because the installations “create a new presence on the ocean floor, which disturbs the natural marine environment,” Braverman says.

Braverman thought of a less expensive, safer alternative: Installing “floaters” on existing manmade structures – piers, jetties and breakwaters – and putting the main energy-creating equipment with its sensitive computers and generators on land.

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