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Environmental Aspects


The picture above shows how a Seabased Wave Park might look to a person standing on shore.

Environmental Aspects

Sustainable energy solutions need to strive for sustainability themselves. After all, we chose this business precisely because we believe in the amazing opportunities created when you work with, not against, the natural environment.

Seabased has been active in environmental research and testing since inception, in 2001. The development and design of Seabased's wave power technology is cradle to cradle in focus, minimizing negative environmental impact.

Artificial Reef

A positive side effect of Seabased wave parks is that they create artificial reefs that provide a safe haven for both fish and other marine animals in the region.

We can add details to the installation for the sole purpose of making these reefs more attractive to marine life, including mussels, crabs and lobsters. Such a safe haven can provide excellent breeding grounds and help support a healthy marine environment.

No-Take Zone

The area immediately surrounding the wave park becomes a “no take zone”, with no fishing or trolling. The effect is similar to creating an underwater nature reserve.

Known Materials

Seabased uses only materials which are well-known and compatible with the environment. They are well tested and established as safe for saltwater subsea installation use. All components can be recycled. Painting is done with best environmental practice.

Barnacles? No Problem

Marine growth, including seaweed, barnacles and other invertebrates, is expected to occur – and welcomed. Rather than depending on regular cleaning to function properly, our wave parks are designed to be enjoyed by the local flora and fauna.

Less Is More

Sometimes it’s what you don’t do that’s important.
Seabased harnesses the power of wave energy with no fuel costs or emissions. There are no underwater moving parts that could harm animals. Our solution uses an electromagnetic generator, and does not involve hydraulics that require oils that could pollute.

Studies show that the noise of the WECs and the LVMS is audible to nearby marine life, but does not disturb their behavior. Seabased wave parks require no significant land area use, other than what’s needed to connect to the grid.

The wave park is virtually invisible from a distance, so you can enjoy cost-competitive renewable energy and naturally beautiful views.

Marine Ecology and Field Trial

In 2005 we started our environmental field trials for wave power off the west coast of Sweden. These ongoing studies are supervised by Uppsala University and done in cooperation with the Department for Ecology and Evolution at Uppsala University. The field trials include basic marine ecological research and specific effect analysis of wave parks.