Survey of Energy Resources 2007
Wave - Conclusions
This is a most interesting time for wave energy. There are a number of ideas and designs for wave energy devices, many of which will be uneconomic and some of which will not work reliably. Care should be taken to identify at an early stage those devices which have poor prospects, in order to make the least use of the limited funds that can be expected for the development of wave energy. There are a few technologies that are ready to be deployed and which show considerable promise. These devices will require some support in order to realise their full potential and, as the following Country Notes show, several governments are providing this. If this situation continues, then within 5 to 10 years' time, wave energy could start to make a significant contribution to energy supply and the provision of potable water.