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Wave and Tidal

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Remy Noble

Oregon State University

Student

Power generated from wave and tidal energy systems have the potential capacity to provide 25% of US electrical needs.  However, due to the challenges of maintaining a sophisticated instrument underwater and the complexities of marine life surrounding that instrument the research and marine technological developments have lagged behind the progress of other renewables such as wind and solar.  Rising up to meet these challenges, many governments and communities around the world are designing systems that can capture the power of the waves while being as sustainable as possible. Project Drawdown ranks wave and tidal energy as the 29th best solution to drastically reduce the world's carbon footprint. 

The stories in this collection (see below) explore how different areas around the world are harnessing the power of water in order to provide electricity and lower their environmental impact. In Colorado people are making small installations of dams that barely affect the flow of water and movement of animals. Australia is creating massive buoys that generate power for nearby communities and NASA is working hard to spring wind and tidal energy into the future through advancements in technology. Lastly, in Ireland they have created underwater kites that magnify the power coming from the waves, providing a renewable source of energy even in areas that do not have high wave activity. This solution is one of the Drawdown Ecochallenge actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL THE SOLUTIONS JOURNALISM STORY COLLECTIONS RELATED TO PROJECT DRAWDOWN.  

Stories In This Collection (4)

A revolution in hydropower makes waves in rural Colorado

A revolution in hydropower makes waves in rural...
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Catching Waves and Turning Them Into Electricity

Catching Waves and Turning Them Into Electricity
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Making Energy with Waves and NASA

Making Energy with Waves and NASA
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The Power of a Calm Sea

The Power of a Calm Sea
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