New wave energy from the sea
Denmark's reputation as an innovator in the alternative energy niche has been enhanced once again by homegrown talent. This time, the Danes have turned to another basic element of life - water. Instead of windmills to harness the wind's energy, the local company WavePlane uses the natural energy of waves to produce electricity.
Based on an idea created in 1989 by Erik Skaarup, WavePlane International's managing director, WavePlane's brilliance lies in its simplicity. It is a pump without any moving parts, and also the first device ever created to convert wave energy into electricity.
In the ocean, the WavePlane utilizes the energy generated by each incoming wave. As a wave crashes into the structure, the surge of water turns turbine, generating energy and oxidizing the water.
This oxidation effect is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to potential for the device. The invention can also help remove heavy metals in water, extract valuable minerals or algae for fish food from the ocean, convert saltwater into freshwater, and help clear oil spills, as well as produce electricity.
Danish entrepreneurship and innovation define Managing Director Erik Skaarup's products as a possible solution for a clean energy-rich
Such a multitude of offerings from one single device has garnered enormous interest worldwide. The subject of articles in such specialized international magazines as Lloyd's List and Electrical Review, the WavePlane looks like it is the media's new alternative energy darling. Businesses that stand to benefit from the device range from oil companies to fish farms to cities looking to clean their water supplies.
Across the world, Japanese interest has already swelled. Skaarup has entered into an exclusive partnership with well-positioned Japanese company NKK. This alliance will lead to the marketing of the WavePlane on the Japanese market. Well aware of the intricacies of introducing a new product into a foreign market, Skaarup speaks with confidence of his new partner and in their ability to both understand and operate within the Japanese market. He refers to Japan as his "most important market."
With a Danish inventor it is no surprise that the WavePlane's applications all have an environmentally conscious slant. In
fact, the Oxygen WavePlane is probably one of the least expensive inventions for oxidizing large volumes of
water. With tests already finished, Skaarup's innovation will complement Denmark's scientific landscape, dotted with
Looking into the future of renewable energy Skaarup projects that his market share percentage will be "possibly 5 percent in Europe within 10 to 15 years."
"There are two things that will be the new gold," he claimed, "clean water and non-polluting energy." If Skaarup is, right, then WavePlane will make an excellent investment.