Energy capture from wind-driven waves
As the push for alternative energy sources gathers momentum, wave power has generated interest as an unlimited -- and unlimitedly renewable -- energy supply. Researchers from around the world are investigating wave dynamics, energy of motion, and the capture of energy carried by waves. Wave Power: Moving Towards Commercial Viability presents an overview of the latest developments in the field and the remaining barriers to viability. Representing the work of industry and academic researchers on the forefront of the alternative energy challenge, this book provides researchers, engineers, and investors with useful insight for moving forward.
Technical papers: UK government policy in wave energy; an overview of wave energy technologies - status, performace and costs; design and construction of the OWC wave power plant at the Azores; the history and status of the LIMPET project; the history and status of the Pelamis wave energy converter; Sea Power International - floating wave power vessel (FWPV); the history, current status, and future prospects for the modular OPT wave system as reviewed; the challenge of mobilizing finance for funding the construction of wave power plants in Europe. Panel reports: wave power - the marine foresight panel view; wave energy - European actions, priorities and targets; wave power needs champions; the offshore industry; wave energy - from a utility perpsective. Poster presentations: P S Frog - a promising wave-energy converter; control strategies for maximizing power output from wave energy converters with turbine losses; the direct energy conversion method - the use of linear generators to capture and convert sea energy directly to electrical power.