We also know that energy exists in many different forms. Examples of these are: light energy, heat energy, mechanical energy, gravitational energy, electrical energy, sound energy, chemical energy, nuclear or atomic energy and so on.
And we know that these forms of energy can be transferred and transformed between one another.
New Approach It seems to me that all we need to do is figure out how to transfer the energy from one medium to another in a more direct way -- perhaps we could dip across the "newtonian singularity" into the quantum world of worlds to do this, instead of continuing doing it the old fashion way of using the mass of the water (moved by the energy) as a prime mover to physically move a generator to move free electrons through magnetic fields to induce a wave of energy we call electricity.
This continued dipping into the newtonial world for "The Method" seems clumsy, awkward, dark ages "blind" copy catting and so 19th century.
In my opinion, as many other before me have said (Benjaman Lee Whorf, et al) the first step is we need to think about the energy in water waves differently. Currently our reality, formed by our thinking, is very fixed: energy in water waves is first defined as power (in terms of kW) and then as energy (kW with Time), but if a new paradigm were used, then it is likely, a new method of directly transferiing the energy from one medium to another would become apparent.
We are at the point, as Buckminster Fuller said in his book "Nine Chains to the Moon" referring, metaphorically, to the phenomenon that we were able to reach the moon with a chemical rocket only when we were also able to reach the moon the old way - that is the population of the planet was large enough to make nine chains of humans standing on each other's shoulders to reach the moon. We are at the point now, where we are ready for a new more direct way to work with energy conversion - we have done it the old way long enough.
Background So what happened was Ken Petersen (formerly of TRIUMF, now of Keats Island) helped me at the beginning (and continues to be a sounding board providing me with common sense verified by the math of physics and an incredible breadth of understanding coupled with a natural obsession with detail); and introduced me to another Keatsian, Ewart Blackmore (the man who makes TRIUMF operate) who generously met with me, talked about electrons and magnetism and electricity, made little electrical generator experiments and took me around particle accelerator.
He introduced me to scientists from around the world who were preparing to run various experiments; what struck me most was the hush, the quiet humility and excited awe (joyous, fearful, respecful) of the people at TRIUMF. Here they were with their feet in this "newtonian" world of measure, weight and number and their minds in the quantum world of worlds. What an experience to be in the presence of such august company.
All my life has been in a reality where things behave predictably and reliably, the wave machine is exciting but it is still, essentially, a 19th century mechanical device. After TRIUMF it occured to me that we are all working with waves: some of us with waves according to newtonian laws and some others with waves according to, as yet unknown, "quantum" laws.
We understand that in ocean waves the water does not move across the distance, its the concentrated wind energy that moves; the waves we see in the ocean are transporters of energy through the water medium.
We also understand that in electricity waves the electrons do not move, its the "electrical" energy that moves through the conductor medium from electron to electron.
In fact, these two manifestations of energy transport, in water waves and in electron waves, are very very similiar.