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Published on May 26th, 2008 | by Joe Mohr


Underwater Wind Turbines? bioWAVE System Designed to Create Energy from Ocean Currents

May 26th, 2008 by  

bio wave device

Picture a kelp bed on the ocean floor swaying in the current.


Now picture an underwater field of bioWave turbines (pictured to your left) doing the same. But, unlike the kelp, supplying one half megawatt of electricity. (In kelp’s defense, it does provide oxygen, food, and a place for the elusive leafy sea dragon to hide.) Using habitat inspired and environmentally friendly design (biomimicry) the team at BioPower Systems have designed, and are now testing, the bioWAVE and bioSTREAM devices. Devices that sway in tune with the oceans currents while producing clean, renewable energy. The Australian company has also focused in minimizing the environmental impact of each device as not to upset the ocean’s many delicate ecosystems. Or, as their website puts it:

These systems will reside beneath the ocean surface, out of view, and in harmony with the living creatures that inspired their design.

For a National Geographic video of the company and their device click here.

To view a demo of the bioWAVE click here.

To view a demo of the bioSTREAM click here.

I look forward to hearing about the progress of the company and it’s devices. I’m pretty positive “she’ll be apples” (Australian for, “everything will turn out well”).

Check back for updates.

…Since the tide is powered by the moon, can this source of energy be dubbed

Lunar energy?

Picture credit: BioPower Systems 

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is an Environmental/Political cartoonist for Planetsave, Elephant Journal, Wend Magazine, Twilight Earth, Ecopolitology, EcoSnobberySucks, and more... Joe also does a kids enviro-toon called Hank D and the Bee on EcoChildsPlay and NaturalPapa. Joe lives in University City, Missouri and spends his free time with his beautiful wife, enthusiastic daughter, and curious toddler of the same name. He also enjoys writing, drawing, painting, walking, biking, skateboarding, gardening, reading, listening to music, playing sports, and watching plays (especially the plays his wife's site-specific theatre company, Onsite Theatre puts on).   Visit Joe's online cartoon gallery at JoeMohrToons.com.

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