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Oceans Are Bringing The Next Wave Of Renewable Energy

By Tessa Love

While many wind and solar energy projects are well underway, there's another potential source of renewable energy that is mostly untapped: the ocean. And in order to find out the best way to utilize that vast resource, the federal government is betting big on wave energy research—the Department of Energy is investing $40 million to build a facility off the Oregon coast.

The test facility will be used to research various methods for harnessing the power of waves to generate energy, an industry that is still fledgling; scientists still aren't sure of the best way to capture the ocean's potential energy. 

"We don't know what the right kind of wave energy converter is," Belinda Batten, executive associate dean of the College of Engineering at Oregon State University, told NPR.  She also said that part of the problem is that the ocean moves in different ways in different locations. "It goes up and down when you're out in the water. As you're getting close to the coast, it's going back and forth in surge. Within the ocean, the particles go around in circles."