Wave and Tidal Energy
Channel the power of the ocean by developing and deploying wave and tidal energy converters as a ceaseless source of renewable energy.
Ocean wave and tidal energy are predictable, available anytime, and nearly untapped. Moving water is highly energy dense. The energy in one cubic meter of a tidal current is thousands of times greater than the solar energy in one cubic meter of sunlit air. Wave and tidal energy converters (WECs/TECs) can be much smaller than solar installations. Their carbon footprints may be among the lowest of any energy source. Ocean energy can be used for offshore applications or tied to onshore power grids to serve coastal populations that depend on fossil fuels for energy. WECs/TECs can provide economic benefits for coastal or island communities. However, ocean energy potentially has environmental effects that need to be better understood. The greatest challenge is adapting wave and tidal energy capture technology to the immense natural forces of marine environments, necessitating further investment in research and development to make WECs/TECs competitive with other types of renewable energy.