New Atlas reports that the wave turbine’s pairing with a sturdy, anchored structure could “take advantage” of pre-existing infrastructure in Japan. Said Professor Tsumoru Shintake, the lead researcher on the project: “Surprisingly, 30% of the seashore in mainland Japan is covered with tetrapods and wave breakers. Using just 1% of the seashore of mainland Japan can [generate] about 10 gigawatts [of energy], which is equivalent to 10 nuclear power plants. That’s huge.”
Each WEC turbine will feature five blades measuring with a diameter of 70 cm. The blades will be attached to a permanent electric generator which is encased in ceramic to keep seawater out. Electrical energy which is generated will then be challenged through a cable back to shore, where it will feed into the grid.