The first wave power stations in Hawaii are already generating energy
Popular surfers powerful ocean waves near the island of Oahu are now helping to generate electricity. The orange 20-meter float of the generator turns the vibrations of the water environment into an electric current, which is fed via a submarine cable to the nearest naval base. The capacity of the Azura installation is only 18 kW, but the next version is designed for 500 kW.
The test site in Hawaii is designed to test the theory that wave generators can be placed on all empty coasts in the US without compromising the environment and infrastructure. The economic benefit has been calculated long ago – the ownerless energy of the waves will suffice to cover 20-28% of the needs of a huge country in energy resources. If the project is to succeed, the reconstruction of the US energy system may begin in the next decade.
Americans immediately invested 334 million dollars in the development of effective designs of wave generators and communication lines. In Hawaii, very expensive electricity due to imported oil, so all the bold projects in this area a priori receive a green light. Moreover, the authorities in the region have adopted a directive that provides for the transfer of 100% of renewable energy capacity by 2045 .