Off the coast of Western Australia, only a few kilometres from our home, three big buoys floating beneath the ocean's surface looking like giant jellyfish are tethered to the seafloor. The steel machines, 36 feet wide, are buffeted by the powerful waves of the Indian Ocean.
Operating under water where it is safer from large storms and invisible from the shore. CETO technology characteristics include:
• Converts ocean wave energy into zero-emission electricity and desalinated water
• Environmentally friendly, has minimal visual impact and attracts marine life
• Fully-submerged in deep water, away from breaking waves and beachgoers
Wave energy possesses unique characteristics that offer an advantage over other renewables such as wind and solar energy:
- the inherent reliability and predictability
- the fact that any variability in wave activity happens gradually and with significant warning, making issues of grid interfacing manageable
- the proximity of favourable wave energy sites to ultimate end users, thereby minimising transmission issues. Notably, approximately 60% of the world's population lives within 60 kilometres of a coast.