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Wave Surface Following
Ocean, wave, Surface Following
Wave energy offers another vast potential for harnessing the power of the oceans. Whereas tidal and ocean currents operate at large scales (tidal from lunar gravitation, ocean currents from the heat of the sun on water bodies), wave energy is local to the surface condition and is the bi-product of the wind.

The utilization of wave energy has a long history with patents that date back to the 18th century. Many experiments were done in California during the 19th century, none with great success mostly due to the unpredictable nature of the ocean and the damage that was quickly caused to mechanical systems.

Surface Following type wave generation uses long, hinged serpentine devices that create pressure in chambers of oil as the segments of the device change their orientations with the action of the waves. The release of the oil pressure drives hydraulic motors within the floating machine.