Japan's turbines double up as coastal bulkheads

Sep 27, 2017, 6:07 AM EDT
(Source: mmatsuura/flickr)
(Source: mmatsuura/flickr)

A team of Japanese researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) is building special turbines that will generate power from wave energy in addition to safeguarding the coastline against erosion.

The Wave Energy Converter (WEC) turbines will be anchored to the seabed to dampen the impact of thudding waves, thus containing erosion of shorelines, notes Inhabitat.

Amid concern over the threat posed to aquatic creatures by rotating blades of the turbines, the researchers have based their design and operational speed to allow a safe escape route to any animals that get swept up, writes New Atlas