Electricity Produced From Ocean Currents
A group in Taiwan headed by Professor Chen Yang-Yih, senior vice president of Taiwan’s National Sun Yat-sen University, has succeeded in generating power from the oceanic current.
“No experiment made over any oceanic current has been successful in the world until now, but we have been successful, and we are able to produce 26.31 kilowatts of power with 1.27 meters per second of ocean current,” Yang-Yih said.
The process works by towing a generator into the ocean. Blades are then dropped into the sea from a multifunctional platform where they then capture energy from the current which is converted to electricity.
Yang-Yih’s generator is capable of producing 50 kilowatts of power at maximum capacity and is effective even in winter months when the current slows down.
Yang-Yih explained that because ocean currents are continuous, they are sustainable sources of energy.