Wave Energy History

The UK development programme was first started during the oil crisis in the 1970's. At this stage it was played off directly against nuclear energy, both financially and in terms of attempting to assemble single units capable of replacing a power station. In this situation nuclear power stations were deemed to be more economical, at least in the very short term. It is noteworthy that the cost of decommissioning, long term waste storage and overall environmental impact were not costed in at this stage. The UK's 'deep-sea' research programme was hence closed in 1982 for economic reasons. Around 10 years later interest, funding and hence research in this area was rekindled. There is presently a modest number of institutions and groups conducting research internationally, and an emerging research community, e.g. [1].

After more than twenty years since the research programme was started in the UK resulting in little commercial success, wave energy could appear to be fraught with technical problems. Although this thesis does not intend to review its history in any detail, it is important to realise that the main barriers to wave energy development have not, by any means, been solely technical. A comprehensive guide to the political and financial barriers of its development is available [2]. In 2000 a technical report commissioned by the UK Department of Trade and Industry concluded that there were no insurmountable problems for the implementation of wave energy [3].

Renewable Energy Eco Friendly

Renewable Energy Eco Friendly

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable.

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