A sea full of energy: extracting power from waves

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Climate change is one of the most pressing issues humanity has to face. A solution to this problem can be identified in the so-called energy transition. As a consequence, the latest Environmntal Action Programme (EAP) by the European Commission has set a series of extremely challenging targets to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. To pursue those objectives, EU countries need to increase the actual share of zero-emission sources (such as renewable or nuclear technologies) in their energy mix.

Holding this in mind, LEDS host a seminar to provide a general overview of the state of the art in electricity generation from wave power, a peculiar source of renewable energy often underestimated in its true potential.

After considering the availability of the wave energy in Italy and in the rest of the world, the basic principles of wave energy conversion was explained. Finally, case studies and real-life experiences were presented, in order to help us better understand the extent to which these technologies will be able support the energy transition.