Coastal erosion –
WSE technology breakwater application
Coastal erosion is an increasing problem in many parts of the world, with the intensity of wave action on shorelines being enhanced by climate change.
The traditional way to deal with this issue is to install breakwaters, sea walls, and groynes, in order to reduce the level of wave energy that makes it to shore. This requires a significant capital outlay which is a ‘sunk cost’. The costs incurred cannot be recovered.
The Wave Swell Energy (WSE) technology provides a perfect and highly cost effective solution to the problem of coastal erosion.
WSE units, when deployed in close proximity to each other, act as a breakwater or sea wall. This not only protects the coastline from erosion but also generates an annuity style revenue stream from the electricity generated.
WSE units can be placed next to each other in a line with no gaps, effectively producing a breakwater that blocks 100% of the wave action from the coast while converting that energy into electricity. Alternatively, if the units are spaced apart, the net effect will be a partial reduction in the wave action reaching the shoreline behind the units, producing the desired level of coastal protection.