Marine Renewable Energy
MRE Systems by Stewart Technology Associates
[Posted on 25 Feb 2013 by Bil Stewart]
The worldwide energy generation and production focus over the past twenty years has slowly changed to renewable technologies such as wave power systems. These are systems that harness the power of the ocean to generate electricity. Energy production/generation companies in European coastal countries have been exploiting the power of the ocean to generate usable electricity for more than a decade. The time has come for American ingenuity to be put to use to further develop this technology and Stewart Technology Associates is at the forefront of American development of this technology.
Harnessing the Ocean through Wave Power Systems
If you’ve spent any time on or near the sea, you know what sort of power the ocean is capable of. The surface of the ocean is constantly in motion, in and out and up and down. Harnessing the power of the ocean for the benefit of mankind through the clean generation of electrical power makes use of this constant wave motion. Unlike wind power and solar power, there are no times during the day or night when the system is unable to produce electrical energy, making these systems completely efficient. Calling these energy production systems renewable is similar to saying that the sun is bright, or the universe is big. As long as there is an ocean, usable electrical power can be generated cleanly.
Wave Power Systems Provide Clean, Reliable Energy and More
Every other form of energy production has some sort of negative side-effect. Solar power requires large solar farms that take up huge amounts of space, and are occasionally unsightly. Using the power of the wind requires the erection of large towers and turbines, which many find unsightly and don’t want in their areas. And we all know the effects of using oil, coal, and gas for producing electrical power. Harmful chemicals are released into our atmosphere, and the discussion about the amount of harm these chemicals pose to us will continue into the foreseeable future.
Wave power systems, on the other hand, have virtually no negative aspects. No harmful, toxic chemicals are released into the atmosphere or the ocean. No smoke is produced. The only negative thing that we know of about these systems is that they do have a measurable impact on the ecosystem down-water from them, but these impacts are manageable and negligible. When the proper research is applied prior to installation, wave power systems are among the most environmentally friendly means of producing power, and they’re probably the most aesthetically neutral means of producing power available.
Researchers are just beginning to scratch the surface of the feasible uses of these power generation systems. A theme park could place a number of small buoys in a wave pool and reclaim some of the energy used to create the waves, thus reducing costs.
At Stewart Technology Associates we’re at the forefront of American research and development into the applications of this technology. If you’ve got an engineering project that you think can benefit from using the power of the ocean to provide electrical power, give us a call today and let us help you determine the feasibility of harnessing the power of the ocean.