From hydro-electric dams to hydrogen powered vehicles, scientists for years have been struggling to figure out innovative ways to capture the limitless potential of water. Despite the shortcomings, new wave energy technology may be a unique approach to harnessing wave power in our oceans instead.
Developed by Carnegie's CETO, the technology sits fully submerged beneath the ocean surface and consists of a buoy which moves with the ocean's waves. The up and down movement of that buoy is captured to drive a pump which is attached to the sea floor. The pump in turn delivers high pressure water through a pipe back ashore. Once onshore that high pressure water is used to drive a hydro electric turbine. Because of that hydraulic pumping nature of the technology, we can also use the hydraulic power to power an off the shelf reverse osmosis desalination plant.
This makes CETO capable of producing both clean power and clean water. Learn more about CETO wave energy in the short clip below.
"Once we have inexpensive energy, we can readily and inexpensively convert the vast amount of dirty and salinated water we have on the planet to usable water."-Ray Kurzweil