Energy Resources: Wave Energy

Course Level 2: Intermediate

Estimated Study Time: 3-4 hours

The energy carried by ocean waves derives from a proportion of the wind energy transferred to the ocean surface by frictional drag. So, ultimately it stems from the proportion of incoming solar energy that drives air movement. Just how much energy is carried by a single wave depends on the wind speed and the area of ocean surface that it crosses; wave height, wavelength, and therefore wave energy, are functions of the distance or fetch over which the wind blows. This course considers wave power as a source of usable energy and whether or not it can ever make any significant contribution to global energy supplies.

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