All About Ocean Energy & hydraulic: Ages 15-18Published on 02.26.2021
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Since Antiquity, hydropower has been harvested from river currents and waterfalls. Today, there is growing interest in ocean energy, not just from the force of water (tides, currents, waves), but also from the of wind ( turbines). More complex technologies also exist that exploit the potential of ocean temperature differences, seawater properties and algae . Capturing the energy in oceans is a difficult process that involves a wide range of technologies and professions. Here is an overview of the different “blue energies”.
The Different Forms of Ocean Energy
Renewable ocean energy is categorized based on which properties of the ocean are used, such as motion, heat or salinity.
The Current Status of Ocean Energy: Offshore Wind Blowing Strong
Oceans contain nearly 1.5 billion cubic kilometers of constantly moving water. That in itself gives a sense of the sheer power of the seas and the large amount of energy that can potentially be extracted. While ocean energy holds great promise, the technological challenges for harvesting it are daunting.
Find out all about the “blue energy” that can be harnessed from the ocean and moving water, such as tides, waves and currents, as well as from ocean temperature differences.