Artificial blowhole draws power from ocean waves

Jun 13, 2017, 8:11 AM EDT
(Source: Chris Luczkow/flickr)
(Source: Chris Luczkow/flickr)

Wave Swell Energy, an Australian company, is working on a device that can harness the power of ocean waves and turn it into electricity, an effort that could enrich our basket of renewable energy sources making our future power grids more reliable.

The concrete system is essentially “an artificial blowhole” that relies on the principle of resonance to extract the energy of flowing water and convert it into useful electricity, writes New Atlas.

The technology was invented in 1990 but Wave Swell Energy has improved the design system to make it a simpler, more robust and reliable turbine. The company is set to install the system on King Island between Australia and Tasmania, notes Design Boom.