Primary Power Absorption
In our calculations we use a
1000 lb. displacement float
4 ft. wave (average)
12 waves per minute
(1000 lb.) X (4 ft.) X 12 (waves per min) = 96,000 (ft./lbs.)/min
33,000 ft. lbs./min = 1 H.P.
=2.91 H.P. X 0.5 (efficiency and ballast calculations)
=1.455 H.P. = 1.0 kilowatt
The mechanism will capture rise and fall energy of the float and will only capture the horizontal rocking energy as a vector of that vertical lift. In will only capture vertical force.
As our WEC device converts any bidirectional wave motion and converts it into a unidirectional force our device (Oscillo Drive) is agnostic to the direction of the wave front.
The barge is oriented to maximize exposure to the wave front and minimize any shadowing effect.
Each individual wave generator (16 per barge) has a footprint on the deck of 6x6ft with a 5ft diameter float attached to the end of the 10 ft arm. The 6 X 6 foot print of the actual wave generator device is housed inside of a (approx. 2 2x dimension consisting of the Oscillo Drive (DC) transmission, a DC power generator. The rest of the 6×6 ft space is taken up by structural components.
Our maximal theoretical wave power absorption capability is a 15 ft wave based on this design. If we needed greater power absorption rates, we would simply redesign the system.
The float at the end of the arm and its ability to pivot to take advantage of non-optimal conditions.
The device will be most likely be made of stainless steel, but in cases where cost is a factor it could be made with structural steel with a corrosion resistant coating.
In the case of a sheer force (for safety), the whole system can rotate on the mounting stage in order to deflect the sheer force in a nondestructive manner. A future design concept could include a capture device to utilize the (now) deflected sheer energy.