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New wave power

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I'm a huge science nut and I love sustainable technologies (Zeitgeist Movement ftw!) so I can't resist posting this.

http://www.zeitnews.org/energy/new-wave-of-ocean-energy-to-be-trialed-off-the-coast-of-australia.html

Australia is trying out a new form of wave power. Think of it like a heavy contraption sitting on the seas floor with a bunch of pistons connected to floats that hang on the ocean surface. As the ocean goes up and down, it pumps the pistons. Not all that different from your toilet assembly. :P

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Nice. That reminds me of an episode of Planet Mechanics I saw that harnessed ocean wave power thru a tube that created air suction that created electricity. You should check out the episode, you might like it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planet_Mechanics

Dick and Jem go to County Clare, on the west coast of Ireland in an attempt to harness the power of the ocean waves. It has been calculated that the sea around Ireland could contain enough wave energy to supply over eighteen times the country's entire electrical demand; however, the destructive nature of waves make them a difficult energy source to tap. Taking on the Atlantic Ocean, Dick and Jem want to generate green electricity for Irish surfers Keith and Rosy who tour the coast looking for the best waves in their travel trailer, the 'surf shack'. With a few days and some simple resources, Dick and Jem work with the surfers on a test project that will put the waves to work. Using practical experiments and demonstrations, the Planet Mechanics devise a huge wave energy converter with some surplus sewer pipe and steel and bolt it to a concrete pier.

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