This article compares the types of ocean wave energy conversion systems (OWECS), which itself is a type of Ocean energy conversion system (OECS).

Type Efficiency Fabrication requirements Difficulty of production Durability Difficulty of repair Production cost Hazard to fish ?
Sea snakes[1] Low ? ? ? ? medium no
Swell spanners Very low ? ? ? ? medium-expensive no
Oscillating buoys Low ? ? ? ? medium-expensive no
Fixed platforms High ? ? ? ? medium-expensive no

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