wave energy Articles

  • The wave of the future?

    Green technology may be hot right now, but as Joe Sieber, Sc’64, can tell you, it takes some green—in the form of cold, hard cash—to bring to market even the best green energy idea. Joe has invented a way to extract energy from the waves found on any large body of water—oceans, seas, or lakes. His patented technology is simple, reliable, efficient, renewable, low-cost, and ...


  • Ocean Power connects wave energy system to grid

    Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (Pennington, NJ) announced that it has achieved what it claims to be the first-ever connection of a wave-energy system to the power grid in the United States. Ocean Power’s PB40 Powerbuoy system is now delivering power to the grid at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Hawaii on the island of Oahu. The Powerbuoy unit, which was installed in December 2009 at a ...

  • Sea For Life developing wave energy absorber

    Sea For Life in Obidos, Portugal, is developing a Wave Energy Gravitational Absorber (WEGA) to extract energy from ocean waves.   Since its origin, Sea For Life has been dedicated to wave energy converters model conception, calculations and project design for construction and laboratory testing of prototypes, having been tested over 15 different models under an electricity production ...

  • Powering Renewable Programs: The Utility Perspective

    When considering how to build out a renewable energy portfolio, there are a lot of factors and many points of view to consider. For purposes of this narrative, we will take the point of view of the electric utility itself. Your electricity providers are quite familiar with the concept of a “smart grid.” According to the Department of Energy (DOE), a smart grid “generally refers ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Description of the Wave Rocker - Technical version -

    Untitled Document Most people think about the sea and waves as something that moves up and down and something that rushes in and out. These observations are correct, but there are many other facts ...


  • WorldWaves wave energy resource assessments from the deep ocean to the coast

    Abstract WorldWaves is a global wave and wind climate package developed through EU and industry sponsorship over many years. The offshore data incorporates global hindcast and operational wave and wind data from ECMWF, validated and calibrated with independent satellite and buoy data worldwide. These data, which may comprise full directional wave spectra time series, are used as ...


    By Fugro OCEANOR AS

  • An efficient hybrid wave/photovoltaic scheme for energy supply in remote areas

    This paper presents the efficient utilisation of hybrid photovoltaic/wave energy system for desalination water pumping and supplying the local AC and DC loads. The novel hybrid system comprises eight key parts. The PV array and wave energy permanent magnet linear generator (PMLG) as energy sources, novel AC side modulated power filter compensator (MPFC), AC-DC converter, novel DC side green plug ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Supporting wave and tidal energy in the UK - an analysis of UK Policy 2000-2009

    In order to stimulate UK based marine energy technology developers, the UK Government launched the Marine Renewables Proving Fund (MRPF) in 2009. This instrument was designed to bridge the gap between early-stage research funding and the recently-criticised Marine Renewables Deployment Fund (MRDF). This paper develops an analysis framework for policy instruments designed to support technology ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Ships that harvest electrical power from ocean waves

    Electrical power generation from ocean waves is possible from ships that harvests wave energy through daily trips to offshore locations and that return back to port for the delivery of energy to the grid. Energy is stored locally on the vessel during harvesting phase and placed on the grid during periods of high demand (normally mid-day). Unlike conventional wave-power devices, the ships ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Blast wave characteristics and its influence with distance of measurement

    Extraction of locked-up coal pillars by opencast method and the presence of dwellings in proximity to excavation area lead to specialised drilling and blasting plan for safety of structures and humans. Introduction of improper bench layout, mismatched drilling equipment and blast geometry enhances discomfort for local inhabitants. Blast-induced vibration magnitude also shows poor attenuation rate ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The effect of ocean waves on offshore wind turbines

    The Ocean has a varying surface roughness where the roughness length is determined by the characteristics of the waves. In this paper, a method is established where the roughness length of the ocean is calculated from the wind speed and the fetch length. The fetch length depends on the wind direction and a case study is performed for a wind turbine exposed to wind blowing in two opposite ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Graphene Ushers In A New Wave Of Super-Fast Electronics

    One of the proposed uses for graphene is the construction of super-fast transistors. This is due to its ability of conducting electrons at near the speed of light. In addition, graphene is flexible and strong, making it ideal for a variety of manufacturing processes. The only impediment to this is that graphene is so electronically efficient that it is considered to have no band-gap. A band-gap ...


  • Wave of CSP activity across the MENA region

    Looking beyond Saudi Arabia, the CSP Today Global Tracker highlighted a number of updates made this week that demonstrate the progression of the concentrated solar power industry in MENA. While attention has focused heavily on the Saudi Arabian solar opportunity, it should not be forgotten that there are a number of pipelines now opening for CSP companies in the Middle East.  The ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • A novel particle swarm optimisation self-regulating stand-alone wave energy conversion scheme

    The paper presents a novel stabilisation scheme system for a wave energy converter (WEC) using permanent magnet linear generator (PMLG) connected to a six-pulse diode rectifier. The proposed controller of WEC-battery renewable energy system is based on multi-objective particle swarm optimisation (MOPSO) technique. The optimisation algorithm is implemented to control a novel low cost dynamic AC ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A binary ACO for controlling all–electric power take off system in wave energy converters

    This paper describes a metaheuristic algorithm for controlling all–electric power take off (PTO) system of wave energy converters. It provides optimal parameter values to the controller following the instantaneously changing sea state. The output of the algorithm is used to tune the electrical control systems in the PTO system in order to provide sufficient time for the point absorber to achieve ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Why it`s time to get serious about wave power

    For most of us power from the sea means watching waves crashing on a beach or smashing up against a breakwater. But if you want to experience wave power at its most energetic then you need to be offshore. In fact you need to be over one hundred kilometres offshore. In February 2000, a British oceanographic research vessel sailing in the Rockall Trough, some 180Km from land, encountered the ...


    By Carbon Trust

  • National Grid Alert Triggers Wave of Enquiries for Renewables Sector

    UrbanWind today reported a sharp increase in companies enquiring about on-site power generation, following National Grid’s warning yesterday.   It said growing numbers of British businesses were now looking to move towards ‘energy independence’ to protect themselves from the rising threat of future brownouts. ...


  • The next wave of sustainable planning: green neighbourhood assessment systems

    Since the 1970s, seeking solutions for global environmental problems have been on the agenda of both national and international debates where quantifying and measuring 'sustainability' have been an emerging foci. Within this perspective, analysis of areas through new methods and measurable parameters is among recent research fields in both academia and practice. To this end, in the literature, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Study on hydrodynamics and heat transfer of solitary wave on film flow with CFD method

    In this paper, a capacitance probe and high speed camera are adopted to study the solitary wave of falling film on large flat plate experimentally. Two types of solitary wave are studied with a Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) method based on the measuring data. The water–air shear stress on the interface of the solitary wave is modelled in the numerical calculation. The results indicate that ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Influence of wave and current flow on sediment-carrying capacity and sediment flux at the water–sediment interface

    In nearshore waters, spatial and temporal scales of waves, tidal currents, and circulation patterns vary greatly. It is, therefore, difficult to combine these factors’ effects when trying to predict sediment transport processes. This paper proposes the concept of significant wave velocity, which combines the effects of waves, tides, and ocean currents using the horizontal kinetic energy ...


    By IWA Publishing

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