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Vågkraft: En litteraturstudie om vågkraften
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Wave power – a review of literature, wave energy and its development

The aim of this study is to find out how wave power works, whether there are different techniques, laws and rules, and what are the environmental effects and the cost of wave power. Information was retrieved from business- and authority’s websites, textbooks, scientific articles and from a visit at Uppsala University. The result show that there a lot of different techniques of wave power all over the world. Furthermore, I reviewed a science project at Uppsala University (Department of Materials Sciences, Section of Electricity) that evaluates a wave power plant solution where a buoy is connected to a generator at the seabed. The solution is simple because it consists of very few moving parts and it is suitable for the Swedish west coast and the Baltic Sea. A comparison of environmental effects from wave power with offshore wind power shows that environmental effects are depending on the technology. Most effects are either negligible, and some may even be beneficial for the environment. For example, buoys and generators may serve as new habitats for species. However, there is a need for further studies concerning environmental effects. Wave power is a renewable energy source and can contribute to reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

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2011. , 23 p.
Keyword [en]
wave power, renewable energy, environmental effects, wind power
National Category
Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-60767OAI: diva2:562719
Subject / course
Examensarbete i miljö och hälsoskydd
Educational program
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health
Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics
Available from: 2012-10-25 Created: 2012-10-25 Last updated: 2012-10-25Bibliographically approved

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