Saturday, May 5, 2007

Wave Power

Thirty years ago, Stephen Salter designed a floating canister that captured wave power by driving a generator from the motion of bobbing up and down on the waves.

Since that time, a lot of water has flowed under the bridge and many prototypes have been made.

Four students at University of British Columbia worked for four months on a prototype that makes 15 Watts of energy in 10 inch high waves.

Here's a video called Taming the waves, about a project in Cornwall (UK)

Another video shows a device by Solarist

This video by SwellFuell shows a device coined Pandorra's box that uses a flywheel to get a more continuous flow of electricity.

And here's another one:

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