America's First Wave-Produced Power Could Meet A Quarter of Energy Power Needed
The Navy's Wave Energy Test Site at the Marine Corps base at Kaneohe Bay on Oahu in Hawaii, a wave energy test site holds undersea cables that move up and down with the waves, turning the wheels of generators in the donut-shaped Lifesaver device, becoming the first wave-produced electricity to go live in the United States. It is estimated that the ocean's endless motion has enough power to meet a quarter of America's energy needs and reduce the nation's reliance on oil, gas, and coal. Though small in scale, the test project near Kaneohe Bay represents the vanguard of U.S. wave energy development, consisting only two buoys anchored a half-mile to a mile offshore. The buoys are barely noticeable from shore, but developers envision dozens of machines working at once, an idea that could run into the same opposition wind turbines have faced from environmentalists, tourist groups and others. Steve Kopf, CEO of Northwest Energy Innovations, said "Nobody wants to look out and see wind turbines or wave machines off the coast."
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