Marine Energy Corporation (MEC) has approved patents on some of the most cost effective marine power generator support systems. Super Watt Wave Catcher Barge© and the Current Catcher Pontoon Barge© are two of those systems and each with a generating capacity of over 24 megawatts and costs lower than onshore wind power. These systems can be installed anywhere in the world - in shallow water to ultra deep water. They can be installed individually or in large power farms delivering gigawatts of power.
The oceans are huge power sources which can be developed economically on a large scale.
- Most of our electrical power today comes from hydrocarbon and nuclear fuel sources, and we must depend on these fuel sources for many years to come as the international power needs continue to grow and to fuel the construction of the alternative energy systems until these systems can produce significant power to match a gradual or rapid shortfall in the hydrocarbon and nuclear fuel systems.
- Producing hydrocarbons has been shown to be a global environmental risk, and as a result, fewer and fewer offshore coastlines are available for hydrocarbon development. Burning hydrocarbons causes air pollution, contributes to global health problems and causes global warming. Nuclear power accidents have caused huge worldwide health risks, and it is costing billions of dollars to shut down risky nuclear power plants. Few new nuclear power plants are being installed as a result.
- Currently worldwide oil and gas producers are able to meet the global demand due to a reduction in demand and high worldwide oil and gas production rates. A large part of the reduction in demand is due to the growth in renewable energy. However, the high costs of bringing new oil and gas on the market, global unrest, the Arab spring, Iran, growing environmental concerns, etc., could send us back into a global hydrocarbon shortfall. Relatively small oil and gas production rate changes have been shown to trigger large changes in oil and gas prices and possibly cause large changes in the worldwide stock economies. Are we developing enough alternative energy options to lessen the impact of hydrocarbon supply and demand changes? The answer is no and largely due to the low economics of the renewable.
- Investing in the most economical and long lasting forms of renewable energy should be a priority. It is cleaner and safer; it will likely improve all of our lives, extend our life expectancy and improve nature all around us. It could also cushion the impact of large short and long-term changes in the world in oil and gas supplies and the impact on worldwide economies.
- Marine energy is a very attractive alternative energy since it causes no pollution, is virtually unlimited, and can be a major power contributor in a very short period of time.
- Alternatives, like marine energy, can help cushion the impact gradual hydrocarbon energy production declines and associated higher energy production costs with time by supplying needed power to offset the decline.
- Marine Energy Corporation's Super Watt Wave Catcher Barge© and the Current Catcher Pontoon Barge© are designed to survive 100 year storm conditions and can be installed more economically than onshore wind power.
- Energy companies are facing higher and higher oil and gas exploration and development costs making it harder and harder to find economical opportunities with low risk and predictable cost and schedule outcomes. Energy companies are looking at other ways to supply the world's future energy needs including the use of alternative energy.
This website will show how the Marine Energy Corporation's Super Watt Wave Catcher Barge© and the Current Catcher Pontoon Barge© can be moored in varying water depths from shallow to ultra deep water and how these generators can be: built, transported and installed in one piece with their generators anywhere in the world using conventional offshore transport and installation equipment and how the Marine Energy Corporation's systems can also be maintained safely and economically using conventional offshore equipment.
The offshore industry has the tools, the experience and the technology needed to make these structures a reality and make them last for hundreds of years, and the Marine Energy Corporation uses these systems and know-how in its patents to make these installations the new power generation systems of choice.