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Learn about the 5 types of renewable ocean energy:

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What is Ocean Energy?

With the oceans covering over 70% of the earth’s surface, they are the world’s largest collectors of the sun’s vast energy – and the largest powerhouse in the world. Just a small portion of the energy conveniently stored in the oceans could power the world.

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Ocean Current Energy

Oceanic surface currents are an untapped source of energy. Because of their link to winds and surface heating processes, the ocean currents are considered as indirect sources of solar energy.

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Wave Energy

Waves get their energy from the wind. Wind comes from solar energy. Waves gather, store, and transmit this energy thousands of miles with little loss. As long as the sun shines, wave energy will never be depleted.

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Tidal Energy

Tidal power is non-polluting, reliable and predictable. Undersea tidal turbines, like wind turbines but driven by the sea,  and a variety of machines harnessing undersea currents are under development.

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Offshore Wind Energy

Wind energy is an indirect form of solar energy. While some of the sun's energy is absorbed directly by the air, most of the energy in the wind is first absorbed by the surface of the earth and then transferred to the air by convection.

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OTEC Energy

OTEC energy is based on the temperature differences between surface water, which is heated by the sun, and deep water, which stays very cold. OTEC uses the surface water to make steam and then pass the steam through a turbine generator to make electricity.

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Latest Ocean Energy News:

Tidal Energy NewsArmy Corps studying tidal energy in Cape Cod Canal

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Consultants for the Army Corps of Engineers are conducting a study at the east end of the Cape Cod Canal to determine if it’s feasible to tap the famous waterway’s hydro-power. The idea to harness rapid tidal flow to take advantage of alternative and renewable energy possibilities is not new. It’s been studied before – before the price of a barrel of oil topped the $145 mark and government entities started worrying about fuel-line items becoming budget busters. Six years ago, a hydro project was envisioned near the railroad bridge in Buzzards Bay, but the size of the...
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Offshore Wind NewsOffshore windmills could cover 40 sq. miles

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

NEWARK - If the state Board of Public Utilities agrees next month to build offshore windmills, then projects covering as much as 40 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean could be built locally over the next several years.Plans on file in the state BPU office here show most of the proposals favor building the projects in southern New Jersey - anywhere from 3 to 20 miles offshore, visible from most of the region's beaches. The state is seeking to get as much as 350 megawatts of power from the project. By comparison, the B.L. England power plant in Upper Township produces about 214 megawatts....
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Worldwide Ocean Energy NewsFinavera Renewables Provides Mid-Year Update on 2008 Activities

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Jul 10, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- Finavera Renewables Inc. ("Finavera Renewables" or the "Company") (CA:FVR: news, chart, profile) CEO Jason Bak is pleased to provide an overview of the Company's 2008 activities to date and an outlook for the remainder of the year.   "The first half of 2008 has been an exciting period for Finavera Renewables," commented CEO Jason Bak. "Our strategy with our wind projects is to develop an approximate one gigawatt pipeline with...
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Worldwide Ocean Energy NewsThe Renewable Energy Centre applauds feasibility study for Irish and Scottish Renewable Energy

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

(openPR) - Plans announced yesterday for a study into the feasibility of wind and wave farms off the coast of Northern Ireland and Scotland were heralded as a positive step forward by The Renewable Energy Centre .co.uk Costing 1.6 million and funded mainly by Inter-Reg, an EU (European Union) funded programme, the study will begin later this year. The west coast of Scotland and the North and North East coast of Ireland have a huge potential to harness both wind and wave power. The study will investigate the possibility of establishing a grid infrastructure between the two locations which...
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