Utility Level Wave Energy Conversion
Wave Energy Converter (WEC) designs have not yet reached the level of acceptance that has been achieved with solar panels and wind turbines. SurfWEC is a novel WEC approach to wave energy conversion invented by M&O’s Mike Raftery.
The SurfWEC concept is the first WEC approach that is commercially viable for the generation of utility level electric power from ocean waves due the high kinetic energy input to the power takeoff system using a shoaling feature.
SurfWEC units are designed to create optimal surf waves offshore for WEC applications. By creating optimal surf waves with maximum steepness before breaking, SurfWEC units cause waves to input 100 times as much kinetic energy into surface floats as in typical offshore wave conditions. This is accomplished by enabling the surface floats to have average speeds 10 times faster than in typical offshore wave conditions.
SurfWEC units also have a storm avoidance feature.
When waves exceed 3 meters-high, the submerged platform is lowered near the seafloor to reduce wave loads on the platform. When waves exceed 4 meters-high, the surface float bilges are flooded and the float is lowered below the surface to reduce wave loads on the entire system.
SurfWEC LLC is a partnership of Martin & Ottaway and other industry experts that is advancing the development of the SurfWEC concept.
SurfWEC LLC’s short term goals are:
- 1. Refining the technical design and economic model with technology partners
2. Using a big tent approach, based in New Jersey, USA with a global reach
3. Spreading the message in the present sustainable industry field
4. Identifying investing, government, technology and utility partners
SurfWEC’s ultimate goal is to rapidly scale up to utility level power generation to provide sustainable electrical power in a solar, wind and wave triad.
For further information contact Mike Raftery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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