This month, the U.S. Department of Energy will choose twenty semi-finalists in a contest to design devices that can harvest the power of ocean waves. Ninety-two teams of inventors have applied for more than $2 million, and four of them are from Virginia.
When it comes to wave power, Oregon’s coast is a hot spot. Belinda Batten directs the Northwest National Marine Renewables Center in Corvallis.
“The waves are always bigger on the west coast of continents, because the waves are created by the wind, and they’re flowing from the west to the east.”