The world Is changing, so rapidly that the time to adapt is now. We need to look towards the ocean and change how we view energy. By working in harmony with the environment and the planet we can produce clean energy from a resource that covers 71% of the earths surface.
Humans and all other species and organisms face a challenge, a challenge which we have had a direct cause in creating. Traditional means of energy production has allowed us to accomplish so much, though at a now large cost to our planet. In 2019 36.81 Giga tons of CO2 were estimated to be produced globally, the negative impact these emissions have to our planet is huge. Rise in global temperatures, melting of icecaps, the disruption and loss of ecosystems are just a few. Thankfully, countries and communities have started to take direct action in moving away from traditional fuel sources by diverging funds to renewable energy. So far geothermal, solar, wind and hydro energy have all aided in mitigating emissions. But we need more, renewable energy needs to work in tandem with one another and our aim is to add the worlds biggest, clean resource to that list, the ocean.
Designed with nature
When designing the Penguin wave energy converter, we wanted to create a source of energy that would be able to work intrinsically with the ocean. For us, this meant being able to deploy the device in any environment without worry of disruption to the local ecosystem. Deployed offshore away from the coastline, the Penguin is anchored to the sea floor at using clump weights, both to allow the device’s movement and to not have to dig up the sea floor using typical anchoring techniques to cause minimal disruption to the surrounding ares. The Penguin itself is only visible two meters above the water surface. Instead of solid structures on the sea floor, the penguin floats on the water surface and produces no audible or visible interference to nature.
Our device which was deployed in Orkney Scotland proved the environmental goals that we set out for ourselves. In a report conducted by Aquatera the most adverse effect the Penguin had to the ecosystem was during deployment, which came from the noise produced by the supporting vessels required for deployment and not the device itself. Though, the noise was not found to be significant and similar to any typical marine traffic. The reports also found no adverse effects to marine life as well as the local bird life of the area. We have always been striving to make a device that works in harmony with the nature and we shall continue to do so as we advance our technology.
Wello is always striving to help the planet and create the most environmentally friendly wave energy converter. And this will continue as we research new methods of construction to use more recycled material, to increase the efficiency of the device and to constantly keep nature at the forefront of development.