Now in Renewable Energy
Bobbing for Power
Renewable power development has focused largely on wind and solar, but now a developer plans to harness the power of waves off of the Oregon coast with a buoy fitted with a mechanical power generation system. Each unit is expected to produce 150kW of power with enough installed to produce 1.5 MW for the first commercial wave-powered system in the U.S.
Microgrids are distributed generation systems that operate as self-contained, local electrical power grids with a combination of sources and loads. They operate equally well when connected to or disconnected from the utility grid and often incorporate on-site renewable energy sources.
Concentrating solar power focuses sunlight to heat fluids. Researchers are working to harness this heat to produce clean, efficient energy.