Using a material known as "piezoelectric plastic", a US company is trying to convert the kinetic energy of waves into electricity.
Piezoelectric plastic generates an electric charge when physically strained. The company plans to laminate several sheets together, hanging them from ocean rafts to anchors on the sea floor. The sheets will stretch when waves hit them, routing power to attached electrodes.
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