The motion then moves the attached
pumps to produce hydraulic pressure that can be converted into power.
Based on early experiments in tanks,
the system can absorb over 90 percent of incoming wave energy.
Since the carpet sits on the sea
floor, it doesn’t create problems that are common in other wave energy technologies — making them safer and more “survivable.”
Compared to wind and solar energy,
wave energy is still decades behind in the development, but in the past several years, the U.S. government has invested more in advancing the technology.
Alam and his team will be joining nine
other teams as finalists in a competition sponsored by the Department of Energy, where teams
will present wave energy converter devices that could jump-start the next wave of clean energy technology.