Alternative Energy

Published on September 29th, 2010 | by Jo Borrás


Wave-Generated Electricity Powers U.S. Grid for the First Time

September 29th, 2010 by  

Tapping the power of the sea, one of Ocean Power Technologies‘ new PowerBuoys can now claim to be the first wave power device to deliver electricity to America’s power grid.

The OPT PB40 PowerBuoy was hooked up to the grid at Hawaii’s Marine Corps Base as part of the firm’s program with the US military to test the viability of wave-generated energy technology.  The results of this test confirm the PowerBouy’s potential to deliver clean, sustainable energy that can be transmitted to the power grid in full accordance with US standards, according to OPT.

OPT reports that the OPT/Navy project has undergone extensive environmental assessment by an independent firm in accordance the National Environment Policy Act (NEPA), which resulted in a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI … how cool is that!?).  In other words: wave power may finally be ready for prime-time!

SOURCE:  Renewable Energy World

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