Scientists are converting ocean waves into electricity • Earth.com

Scientists are converting ocean waves into electricity

11-27-2021

Today’s Video of the Day from the American Chemical Society describes how ocean waves could serve as a source of renewable energy.

In a new study published in ACS Nano, scientists have created flexible power generators that can convert ocean waves into electricity.

The researchers set out to find ways to harness the ocean’s continuous movement as a renewable energy source. They were inspired by seaweed, copying the way that it vibrates and sways on the ocean floor. 

The team developed flexible triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs), which can efficiently convert surface and underwater waves into electricity to power marine-based devices.

The new devices may ultimately provide power to floating buoys, lighthouses, or underwater power stations. 

Video Credit: American Chemical Society 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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