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Wave Power

*How does it work?


-Wave power involves the ability to harness the power of the ocean's waves and use that power to generate electricity or do other types of useful work. Much like solar power, geothermal power, and wind power, wave power is known as a type of renewable energy source because nothing is consumed in the process.


  • Where can you find Plants of this source and why?


-You can find plants of this source in countries whose costline faces the ocean, for example: Portugal, Norway and France.

-This is because these countries face the Atlantic with its never-ending huge waves crashing against their costline.


  • Can it be used in the Netherlands, why?/why not?


  • Is it expensive?


-Yes, because its not easy to harness this energy in large quantities.


  • What is the effect on the environment?


-The effect on the environment is negligible, because once you've built a wave power station, the energy is free, needs no fuel and produces no waste or pollution.


  • Are you dependent on other countries/people when you want to generate electricity with this energy source?


-Essencialy yes, because not every country has a costline and so this energy would have to be imported which would make it very expensive.


Lara Sánchez. --NL Lara Sanchez 18:41, 9 January 2012 (CET)


  • How much electricity is generated in one plant?


-produce between seven and 17 MW per mile of coastline.


  • What are the advantages and disadvantages os this energy source?


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  • Advantages of Wave Power: *Renewable energy source obtained by wind via the Sun’s heating of our atmosphere.
  • Minimal environmental impact when properly placed.
  • Low operation and maintenance costs after construction.
  • Low upfront construction costs.
  • No emissions during operation.


  • Disadvantages of Wave Power*Improperly placed wave power plants can damage the marine ecosystem
  • Efficiency drops significantly in rough weather due to safety mechanisms.
  • Limited locations where waves are strong enough to produce electricity without damaging equipment.
  • Power only produced near oceans making transmission to inland customers difficult.
  • Winds (and thus waves) can be unpredictable and far from reliable. Can’t produce electricity at all times.


  • Is it Sustainable?


-Yes, of course, there will always be oceans with tides and waves.