We’re slowly learning that the energy potential provided by waves and the tide is nearly on par with what we can achieve above ground – which is why there is always new research into finding out the most efficient ways to capture the underwater energy, while still maintaining the underwater ecosystems. A new design, created by engineers at Oxford University, is based around a cylindrical rotor that will rotate with the flow of the water much easier than previous designs, that were essentially underwater windmills, have been able to. Because of the upgraded efficiency of these new turbines, each one is expected to be able to provide enough energy to power 12,000 homes, and will require 60% less cost in manufacturing them, and 40% less cost to maintain them. It sounds like a pretty good deal. Check out Oxford’s page about the new design right here for more information.
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