Turbines Near Tetrapods (image) Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University Share Print E-Mail Caption One prime location to place turbines is in front of tetrapods at the shoreline. At this location, the turbines transform the energy from incoming waves into usable electricity -- this in turn dissipates wave strength and protects the shoreline. These turbines can be easily installed and maintained by existing maintenance routes for the tetrapods. They can also be visually inspected from the shore on calm days. Credit Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), Professor Tsumoru Shintake Usage Restrictions Include photo credit Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.