There are historic references to making power from waves, but the modern pursuit of wave power can, according to Wikipedia, be traced by to the 1970’s and work by Stephen Salter at the University of Edinburgh. He invented a device in 1974 known as “Salter’s Duck” or “Nodding Duck”, which (in small scale tests) was able to capture 90% of the energy from a wave and convert 90% of that energy into electricity. So, if we use Salter’s work as the landmark for the modern pursuit of wave power, we’ve been at it for almost 40 years now.
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