Could the future of marine energy be onshore?

World Ocean Initiative Energy Solutions

Could the future of marine energy be onshore?
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When Eco Wave Power first mooted attaching a series of buoys to a World War II ammunition jetty in Gibraltar, the idea was greeted with scepticism. Most plans to exploit energy from the world’s oceans have focused on locations far out to sea where waves are highest and tidal flows run strongest.

But the plant was built and has been running commercially for more than three years. The buoys rise and fall with the movement of the waves, feeding a reliable stream of electricity into Gibraltar’s microgrid under a power purchase agreement with the government. The plant is being expanded to supply up to 15% of the island’s electricity needs.

During the UN Global Climate Action summit in September, Eco Wave Power won an award for its pioneering project.

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