What’s next on the energy technology horizon? Three new studies published in the current issue of Technology and Innovation – Proceedings of the National Academy of Inventors, innovators unveil creative technologies that could change our sources of energy, change our use of energy, and change our lives. Will buildings and facilities benefit from these technologies? Will they become reality? Take a look at three potential players in the future of energy technology:
Untapped energy in the oceans
The kinetic energy in the Florida Current and in Florida’s ocean waves can be captured and used, said Howard P. Hanson of the Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center at Florida Atlantic University.
“Capturing the kinetic energy of the Florida Current will require both materials advances and new designs for marine current turbines and their efficient deployment,” says Hanson. “The hydrokinetic energy of tidal and open-currents, as well as ocean waves, and the thermal potential of the oceanic stratification, can be recovered using ocean thermal conversion technology.”
Hanson calls this concept “marine renewable energy,” or MRE, and noted in his article that the U.S. Department of Energy has formed three national MRE centers to investigate the resource potential in the oceans and to advance the technology for recovering MRE.