“Our Gibraltar floaters are only one meter in height. The breakwater’s height above the water level is three meters. So the floaters are completely hidden, plus all our moving parts, the generators, and so on are located in containers, on land, just like a regular power station. So you don’t have any noise coming from the floaters.”
The ocean is massive and powerful, and harnessing its energy has been difficult. Inna Braverman and her business partner, both with outsider perspectives, have worked to develop an elegant tech solution that can harness the continuous power of the moving seas. Their company, Eco Wave Power Ltd., is bringing their low-profile “floaters” that gather ocean energy to ports around the world, including in Gibraltar and Los Angeles. Also, hear Inna’s personal story about how surviving the Chernobyl disaster has motivated her to make a positive impact.
Is It Possible That Overcoming Extreme Adversity Leads to Clarity? (07:59)
“So, I got a second chance in life. I don’t remember this whole story. of course. But I kept hearing about it in family gatherings [and] in holidays and so on; like, ‘Wow, remember how she died. Remember, Inna, got the second chance in life.’ So, you grew up with a feeling of a purpose.”
Inna’s “second chance in life” motivated her to do something positive in the world. We all deal with mortality. What motivates you?
Does the Eco Wave Power Solution Have Much Negative Impact Visually or Aurally? (23:37)
Inna mentions how wind turbines can have a disruptive visual impact and also produce significant noise. She describes the Eco Wave Power solution, including its use of small floatation devices, or “floaters,” as having little adverse impact visually or aurally.
“In our technology, let’s say our Gibraltar floaters are only one meter in height. The breakwater’s height above the water level is three meters, so the floaters are completely hidden by the wall of the breakwater. So, it’s no visual impact at all. Plus, all our moving parts, the generators, and so on are allocated in containers [and] on land just like a regular power station. So, you don’t have any noise coming from the floaters. They’re just like regular floaters in the marina or in the port that are going up and down quietly with the motion of the waves [and] not really disturbing anything.”
Can Legislation for Building Breakwaters Be Tied To Clean Energy? (29:31)
Inna contends that the adverse environmental impact of building breakwaters could be mitigated by legislation that requires these new structures to be built with “wave energy” in mind.
“You put a breakwater; you disturb the environment. At least you’re giving some backward producing clean electricity from it.”
About the Guest:
BiO: “Technology entrepreneur, Inna Braverman is using the power of the waves to create clean electricity.
Inna Braverman founded Eco Wave Power ( Nasdaq Stock Symbol: WAVE) at the age of 24.
Under her leadership, the company installed its first grid-connected wave energy array, secured a significant projects pipeline of 325.7MW, and became the first Israeli company to ever list on Nasdaq Stockholm (Stock Symbol: ECOWVE). Recently the company was also listed on Nasdaq US (Stock Symbol: WAVE).
Inna was recognized by Wired Magazine as one of the “Females Changing the World”, by Fast Company as one of the world’s “Most Creative People in Business for 2020” and is the winner of the United Nations “Global Climate Action Award”.
For Inna, clean electricity is a very personal journey, as she was born two weeks before the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster and suffered respiratory arrest due to the pollution in the region.
Luckily, her mother, a nurse, came to her crib on time and gave her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, which saved her life.
She got a second chance in life and decided to devote it to the development of a clean and safe method of electricity production.”
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