The oceans always seem to be a perfect source of free clean energy. The power of waves and the size of the oceans look like a potentially good alternative energy asset. And it’s always sounded too good to be true with storms, seafloor anchoring and its limited efficiency.
Have they found an answer? At the 62nd annual meeting of the American Physical Society’s Division of Fluid Dynamics on Nov. 24, 2009, in Minneapolis, Minn, the researchers, from the U.S. Air Force Academy, will present their new approach to the ocean energy issues. You can bet it is an aerospace approach. In other words, if it has problems with floating, we can learn it to fly applying the same principles that keep an aircraft in the air and creating a ocean energy station which is durable, efficient and can be placed anywhere in the ocean regardless of depth.