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  1. -04-18-08 Wave Power (
      "We get power from the wind, the sun, the atom and the stuff that's buried beneath the Earth. All that we haven't tapped is the ocean and Finavera's conquering that final domain. The Canadian company with Irish roots (hence the name) pioneers projects that harness the power of ocean waves to generate electricity. Electrical generators, placed on the surface of the ocean, create power as they rise and fall with the motion of the ocean which contains some of the highest energy density of any potential renewable source." 04-08

  1. Oceans Provide Electrical Power (Christian Science Monitor)
      "Pacific swells off the Oregon coast can range from at least five feet high in the summer to 11-1/2 feet high in the winter. Over the length of the coastline, these swells could, in principle, provide 13,800 megawatts each year to a state that consumes 5,000 to 6,000 megawatts. Oregon already hosts several old coastal lumber mills that are powered by individual power substations, each of which has an outflow pipe to the sea. The existing mills would allow wave-power companies to ship 2,000 megawatts to Oregon communities without any additional infrastructure."

      "Nicol Stephen, a Scottish enterprise minister who visited the project in Portugal, is proposing Scotland utilize the same Pelamis technology and begin harnessing ocean power in the waters off Orkney by 2007. The payoff could be substantial. According to a report by Carbon Trust, a British organization that works with both business and public sectors to reduce carbon emissions, wave and tidal power could in the long run supply as much as 20 percent of the United Kingdom's current electricity needs." 09-06

  2. Wave Power on the Pacific Coast (MSNBC News)
      "The potential for harnessing the power of waves has drawn serious study by Oregon State University, federal and state agencies, and communities along the Oregon Coast."

      " 'There's a real good chance that Oregon could turn into kind of the focal point in the United States for wave energy development and I think that would be a boon to the economy,' said Gary Cockrum, spokesman for the Central Lincoln People's Utility District."

      " 'There is tremendous potential in the oceans to supply energy for the world,' Annette von Jouanne, an Oregon State electrical engineering professor, told the crowd. 'A 10-square-mile wave power plant could supply the entire state of Oregon.' 9-05


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