May 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka has said the government was looking at the possibility of generating electricity from ocean waves.
Ranawaka has said a prefeasibility study on the matter has already been conducted.
He has said that although Sri Lanka is interested in generating electricity from ocean waves no feasibility study has yet been carried out and therefore the government has conducted the study.
He has said the shores from Unawatuna to Panama had been identified as suitable locations for the future project.
Such a move according to Ranawaka, would help the country meet the growing electricity need till 2030.
“The use of ocean waves competitively with other developed renewable sources of energy within the existing technological structure will depend on future developments,” he has added.
Harnessing the wave power as an alternative energy source is becoming more attractive as unlike wind and solar power, wave energy is always available and waves occurring in ocean water can contain considerable power.