Wave energy, together with other renewable energy resources is expected to provide a small but significant proportion of future energy requirements without adding to pollution and global warming. This practical and concise reference considers alternative application methods, explains the concepts behind wave energy conversion and investigates wave power activities across the globe.
- Explores the potential of using the power generated by waves as a natural energy resource
- Considers the power transfer systems needed to do this, and looks at the environmental impacts
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1: Introduction 2: Ocean Waves 3: Wave Energy Conversion Systems 4: Power Transfer Systems 5: Economics of Wave Power 6: Environmental and Socioeconomic Implications 7: Wave Power Activities in the Americas and Oceania 8: Wave Power Activities in the Asia-Pacific Region 9: Wave Power Activities in Northern Europe 10: Wave Power Activities in Southern Europe and Africa 11: Conclusions and Future Prospects
References Cited Appendix 1: Working Group members Appendix 2: Mathematical description of waves and wave energy Appendix 3: WADIC: Directional wave instrumentation, performance evaluation Appendix 4: Wave propulsion Appendix 5: Glossary of wave energy terms Appendix 6: Further reading on the subject Appendix 7: Web sites of interest Appendix 8: Acronyms and abbreviations