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And so Liquid Robotics' engineers dumped their robots into the rolling water and turned them loose, uncertain as anyone else whether the robots could survive the weather, waves, and wildlife they would surely encounter on a trans-Pacific crossing. There are sharks out there, after all. Massive waves and gale-force winds. There's a whole lot of saltwater out there, itself a force for destruction and disruption of mechanical systems. And yet almost exactly a year after launching the Wave Glider known as "Papa Mau" navigated around the Great Barrier Reef and arrived off the coast of Queensland Australia in May 2012, half a world away from where it started and only somewhat worse for wear.
For those not up to speed on Wave Glider, a quick primer: Wave Glider is the first unmanned and autonomous maritime robot that draws its propulsive power solely from the ocean's waves. The two part system consists of a float that rides on the surface of the water and a tethered submarine unit that moves beneath the surface roughly 23 feet below. Wave Glider doesn't turn wave energy into power for motors or anything like that--the unique construction of the robot allows it to gain a little forward thrust with every wave that lifts the float unit. It doesn't move fast, but as long as the ocean continues to move so does the robot.
That makes Wave Glider ideal for a range of scientific missions, the kinds of data gathering expeditions that don't need to move fast and in fact don't want to. Solar panels spread across the float unit can power an array of instruments, those include a weather station measuring air temperature, barometric pressure, and wind speeds, as well as a wave sensor recording height, period, and direction, a submersible fluorometer capable of measuring chlorophyll-A, and a CTD (conductivity, temperature, depth) payload also able to measure dissolved oxygen in the water. The sensor package wasn't designed to discover anything in particular, but simply to create an unprecedented data set--refreshed every ten minutes and uploaded to the Iridium satellite network. That's more or less the entire idea behind Wave Glider: gather ocean data consistently and without interruption, until the end of time if possible.
Information adapted from popsci.com article 12th May 2012
It is could be properly harnessed, enough sunlight falls on the earth in just one hour to meet world energy demands for a whole year!
Ever the innovator, Albert Einstein won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921 for his ground-breaking experiments with solar power and photovoltaics
The geothermal energy from the core of the Earth is close to the surface in some areas than others. Where hot underground steam or water can be tapped and brought to the surface it can be used to generate electricity.
Water is the most commonly used renewable energy resource all over the world, known as Hydro-Electric power.
Those clever old Romans not only gave us the modern drainage system and many of our roads, they were also among the first to use geothermal energy to heat houses
Silicon from just one ton of sand, used in photovoltaic cells, could produce as much electricity as burning 500,000 tons of coal.
Information adapted from The Independant website article 14th July 2007]]>