OWEB Ocean Wave Energy weB on GE Google Earth Pro. This platform helps manage OWEC® Ocean Wave Energy Converter operations. Based on equilateral triangle grids (blue), several OWEC® tetrahedron modules joined together form arrays of various size and shape. OWEB Ocean Wave Energy weB grids parallel Buckminster Fuller Dymaxion Map- flat equilateral triangles fold into faces of a 20-sided icosahedron approximating Earth sphere. Conforming sphere's hexagon grids with pentagonal icosahedron sides produces most angle deviation, or "error", at triangle center and corners. Error is averagely spread within more granular scales of OWEB grids. Corner grids are avoided, if possible.
Each 4,383 mile (7,053 km) Dymaxion triangle side is divided to thirty 146 mile (235 km) grid units. Major sea lane width = 292 mile (470 km). Measured from 48.33 mile (77.78 km) altitude, except section 19 from 75 miles (120.7 km), 12 mile (19 km) wide minor sea lanes align grid centerlines. Resulting OWEB triangle sides are approximately 134 mile (216 km). In like manner their interiors subdivide with ever smaller sea lanes enabling individual module service.
OWEB shows most preferred deployment sites and, importantly, areas generally where large renewable ocean energy systems should not be installed. Excluded are most national waters, Cetacean and Mammalian routes, habitats, coral reefs, MPA Marine Protected Areas (white), ship passage, and other sites. Bio-compatible OWEB may be carefully installed as barriers to navigation, about MPA's, while supporting habitat restorative bio-growth on the lattice-like structures. Subsurface currents, sea ice, ice drift, and EEZ Exclusive Economic Zones are also shown.
Blue dots link wave reporting sites. A calculator, available at www.owec.com, is used to estimate individual OWEC® module electric power output. Global wave maps, still developing for GE, may display wide area wave height, period, and power of any number or size OWEC® modules in OWEB arrays. Though still imagery, showing sector anomalies and lacking color-coded wave H key, the Maracoos.org presentation is state-of-the-art. Similar to flat map versions, provided by www.stormsurf.com (see OWEB Map), 8 day forcecast animation is required.
Electric lines (yellow) follow Buckminster Fuller 1954 proposed World HVDC high voltage direct current grid through transfer stations and power plants. Gas lines (red) may also store and distribute hydrogen. Additional lines (red/white) encircle both polar regions for cold hydrogen storage and water management.
100 red dots display 1% humanity regions with over 50% concentrated in a 4,000 mile (3,219 km) diameter circle. Night lights view reveals other hotspots perhaps requiring additional HVDC or hydrogen transmission infrastructure, including over sea or land packet delivery.
Unlike other renewable energies, ocean waves are predictable out to eight days. This data helps to efficiently manage HVDC and hydrogen gas distribution of a single World power grid. A unified smart grid and storage enable load balancing through regional sleep/wake energy cycles. With varying renewable energy production, and as Earth spins, storage and transmission levels adjust to changing local loads throughout the minutes. Additionally, OWEB locations may bridge the ocean gaps between some transfer stations presently relying on bottom-laid power cables. OWEB mooring line locations are developing.