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Wave power too expensive to stand alone, looks to pair with wind

Wave energy could provide up to 64% of the US’s current electricity generation, according the US Energy Information Administration. Devices are being established, but developers will struggle to justify adopting expensive wave power technology instead of offshore wind. Hybrid solutions with wind could provide a last gasp chance of survival for wave energy. Technologies currently under development, including those by Ocean Energy and Blackfish, have yet to converge on the most efficient method of harnessing the power of wave oscillation, with some capturing power from displaced air movement and some from the motion of the wave itself. Ocean Energy is currently one of the most promising players in the sector, developing a variety of “OE Buoys” as wave energy convertors.…

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