Wave Energy off Kenya's coastline
Renewable energy project given the go ahead
As oceans's go, the Indian Ocean is more well known for calmer seas and less violent storms than the likes of the Southern and Atlantic Oceans, although the occasional violent cyclone and some gusty monsoon winds can reap havoc from time to time.
The seas off the Kenya Coast therefore, may not see like the most ideal location to embark on an alternative energy project - but thanks to a an enterprising energy company and the approval from the Kenya Government - a new wave energy project is due to get underway in the near future.
Wave energy is caused by the action of the wind across the surface of the ocean, the changes in air pressue (especially in when the ITZC is overhead), tectonic movements, ocean currents, and the sun and moon's gravitational influences. Harnessing this energy, converting and transporting it is not an easy process.
Wave energy generation is in it's infancy - but given the unyielding motion of the world's oceans, and the immense power they unleash; harnessing some of it has to be worth a go; especially whilst faced with the expense and damage of traditional fossil fuels. The challenge still remains in that harnessing this clean energy in an economical fashion without significant negative environmental or social consequences is not a given.
The resident's of the Kenya coast region have had more than their fair share of power rationing - and a succesful alternative energy project on their 'doorstep' would be a fine achievement and would no doubt turn heads from Energy Ministers across the globe.