How much power do nPowerŽ Wave Energy Converters produce (WEC)?
Each nPowerŽ WEC will produce an average of 50 kW of power on the lakes and 100 kW on the oceans.
How does the power output of nPowerŽ WECs compare to windmills?
The power output of a single nPowerŽ WEC is 50-100 kW. The windmill outside of the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, OH generates 250 kW of power (other windmills will vary in power output). Although individual nPowerŽ WECs produce less power, they have an advantage over wind power; multiple WECs forming wave energy farms produce more power than windmills at a fraction of the cost.
How much power do wave energy farms produce?
The amount of electricity that is produced depends on how many WECs are in the farm. A farm of sixty 50kW WECs generates 3 Megawatts (MW) of electricity. 2MW is enough energy to power approximately 2500 households.
Why are nPowerŽ WECs an efficient and low cost alternative energy source?
Waves are 1000 times as dense as wind, allowing us to produce a relatively large amount of energy from a WEC that is small in size. In addition, multiple WECs are utilized in wave energy farms, enabling mass production, much like your automobile.
What is the size of an nPowerŽ WEC?
Each nPowerŽ WEC will be approximately the size of a Toyota Prius.
Where will the wave farms be located?
nPowerŽ wave energy farms will be located 2-3 miles away from the shore. Lake Erie is the proposed location for the first nPowerŽ wave energy farm.
Why is the first nPowerŽ wave energy farm going to be in Lake Erie?
Lake Erie is ideal because it is the shallowest of the Great Lakes, producing a high wave density. In addition, Lake Erie's coastline has been developed in a way that provides many opportunities to connect to the power grid. Tremont Electric was founded in Cleveland, OH and the company is dedicated to improving its local economy.
Will the nPowerŽ wave energy farms be visible from shore?
No. nPowerŽ WECs are similar to buoys; the majority of the WEC resides under the water.
What makes nPowerŽ WECs different than other WECS?
nPowerŽ is a frequency-driven technology utilizing direct power takeoff, and it is easily scaled up or down in size to meet the desired results. Other WECs use an intermediary process (such as hydraulic fluid and a generator) to generate electricity. In addition, nPowerŽ WECs will work in the Great Lakes AND oceans where other WECs require the large waves from the oceans.