Scott Johnson

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Spring 2007


Due to increasing concerns regarding energy policy, security, and climate change, various alternative energy resources recently enjoyed increased media and investment attention in both domestic and international spheres. Among these is “ocean energy,” which encompasses energy derived from waves, tides, currents, and salinity and thermal gradients. Like other resources, wave energy is imperfect, and its development raises numerous challenges. However, wave energy may have great potential, particularly in light of the increasing environmental and economic costs of fossil and nuclear energy, to provide clean, abundant, and sustainable energy in suitable regions around the globe, or at least, to contribute to the production of clean energy carriers (e.g., hydrogen) for use in other applications.