Wave power hits the coast

The first wave-power farm in the U.S. is being constructed off the Oregon coast.

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The Oregon coast will soon be the home of the first wave-power farm in the U.S.

Construction has already begun on the farm, which will generate enough energy to power 400 homes and has a total estimated cost of $60 million.

Wave power draws from the energy of ocean surface waves. A float on a buoy rises and falls with the waves, driving a plunger connected to a hydraulic pump that converts the vertical movement into electricity.

The first buoy will measure 150 feet tall by 40 feet wide, weigh 200 tons and cost $4 million,  according to Phil Pellegrino, spokesman for New Jersey-based developer Ocean Power Technologies, which is developing the project.

Read the full story at USA Today.

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