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Seafloor carpet catches waves to generate energy

Alam estimated that one square meter of a seafloor carpet system could generate enough electricity to power two U.S. households
What do champion surfers who gathered at last week’s Mavericks Invitational have in common with a UC Berkeley engineer? They all are looking to harness the power of big ocean waves.

But the similarities end there. For assistant professor Reza Alam, an expert in wave mechanics, the seafloor “carpet” he is proposing will convert ocean waves into usable

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