Survey of Energy Resources 2007
Wave Country Notes
The following Country Notes on Wave Energy have been compiled by Tom Thorpe and the Editors. Every effort has been made to be comprehensive by making contact with all known wave energy developers. However, it is not an exhaustive list because information is difficult to obtain on some countries and new wave energy devices are being continually conceived. Inclusion of a technology in these notes does not indicate endorsement of that technology. Indeed, there are numerous technologies under development (including some at the prototype stage) that are likely to be uneconomic, if not technically unfeasible.
Wave energy is an immature technology and therefore there are only a few prototype devices installed worldwide, some of which are precursors to the installation of a 'farm' of devices. These Country Notes focus on wave energy activities within each country, with no reference to the levels of deployment. The large number of devices under development would make detailed descriptions of them all extremely lengthy. Therefore, only a brief description is given together with the address of a web site for each device, thus enabling the reader to find out more detailed information.