A new analysis suggests that large-scale wave energy systems developed in the Pacific Northwest should be comparatively steady, dependable and able to be integrated into the overall energy grid at lower costs than some other forms of alternative energy, including wind power.
The findings, published in the journal Renewable Energy, confirm what scientists have expected – that wave energy will have fewer problems with variability than some energy sources and that by balancing wave energy production over a larger geographic area, the variability can be even further reduced.
The variability of alternative energy sources is one factor that holds back their wider use – if wind or solar energy decreases and varies widely, then some other energy production has to back it up, and that adds to the overall cost of energy supply.
“Whenever any new form of energy is added, a challenge is to integrate it into the system along with the other sources,” said Ted Brekken, an associate professor and renewable energy expert in the College of Engineering at Oregon State University.
“By producing wave energy from a range of different sites, possibly with different types of technology, and taking advantage of the comparative consistency of the wave resource itself, it appears that wave energy integration should be easier than that of wind energy,” he said. “The reserve, or backup generation, necessary for wave energy integration should be minimal.”
This estimate of the cost of integrating wind energy indicated that it would be 10 percent or less than the actual charges being made for the integration of wind energy. Energy integration, however, is just one component of the overall cost of the power generated. Wave energy, still in the infancy of its development, is not yet cost competitive on an overall basis.
The Latest on: Wave energy
via Google News
The Latest on: Wave energy
- Chinese tech giants bid to be among Singapore’s new wave of digital bankson January 24, 2020 at 4:41 pm
Students from mainland China are the best in the world, survey finds The coming together of companies with varied expertise points to a “second wave of transformation” for the island nation ... and ...
- Julianne Hough's bizarre energy treatment mistaken for exorcism: 'She is officially cult status'on January 24, 2020 at 9:43 am
A strange video of Julianne Hough that shows her shouting during an energy treatment has left fans thinking she underwent an exorcism ... Hough's body began to contort and move in a wave-like motion ...
- Derek Hough Thought Julianne Hough’s ‘Wacky and Crazy’ Energy Therapy Video Looked Like ‘The Exorcist’on January 24, 2020 at 8:54 am
Derek Hough responded after his sister Julianne Hough's 'bizarre' energy therapy video went viral — exclusive details ...
- Mom shares heartbreaking message after her children are swept out to sea by unpredictable waveon January 24, 2020 at 8:43 am
Jamie Stiles is in mourning after her two children were killed by a sudden and powerful wave that swept them out to sea. On Jan. 11, Stiles experienced an unthinkable tragedy when her husband, Jeremy, ...
- Justin Long Talks New Film ‘The Wave’on January 23, 2020 at 4:07 pm
[Interview] Justin Long stars in 'The Wave,' a surreal time-and-space-jumping sci-fi comedy, now available on VOD.
- Julianne Hough Undergoes A Bizarre 'Somatic Energy Healing' Treatment In New Videoon January 23, 2020 at 11:21 am
Apparently she's also been undergoing some exorcism body treatment/energy healing with holistic guru and bodyworker John Amaral, based on a video captured by podcast host Jackie Schimmel Haas. In the ...
- Five Ways to Expand Your Big-Wave Consciousnesson January 21, 2020 at 2:51 pm
Minimize any leg kick, take your last breath and turn and face the beach (or wherever the waves are pushing you towards). Then allow the energy to hit you in the back, which will project you forward ...
- Optimally Sharp Energy Filtering of Quantum Particles via Homogeneous Planar Inclusionson January 21, 2020 at 3:20 am
An important operation when manipulating particle beams behaving as matter waves concerns filtering with respect to their own energy; such an objective can be well-served by a single planar inclusion ...
- Mizuno Wave Skyrise review: prioritising feel over energy return really contrasts with Hoka and Nike running shoeson January 16, 2020 at 7:47 am
Everyone seems to have a very positive opinion about Mizuno running shoes. Yet, before I wrote up this Mizuno Wave Skyrise review, I haven't had the chance to try them out. And based on my experience ...
- Husky Energy thrashed by wave of analyst downgradeson January 14, 2020 at 5:25 pm
Husky Energy (OTCPK:HUSKF-2.7%) continues to spiral lower after at least three firms - Canaccord Genuity, Raymond James and Bank of Nova Scotia - downgraded the stock this week on free cash flow ...
via Bing News