DOE Science Showcase - Ocean Wave and Tidal Power

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Movements of waves, tides, and currents carry kinetic energy that can be harnessed and converted to electricity.  There is vast potential for using this ocean resource to provide clean, renewable energy to communities and cities in coastal areas, and it could impact the nearly half of the U.S. population that lives within 50 miles of the coastlines.  The Department of Energy (DOE) Water Power Program supports the design, development, testing, and demonstration of wave energy converters and tidal power technologies that can capture energy from waves, tides, and currents.  Although wave and tidal technology is still in its infancy, it offers great promise to be a viable energy option and a clean energy future.  Information about ocean wave and tidal power technology, and DOE research reports, publications, and data collections are available in the DOE Databases and related resources provided below. 

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