The Wave Water Works’ Oscillo Drive is a device which harnesses energy from waves or other changing water levels in the water body and either stores that energy in another structure or generates electricity directly from that energy.
In brief, the device comprises a housing having an input shaft that is mounted so that it is rotatable to the housing. A drive band, preferably an endless loop is drivingly connected to the input shaft. A float is attached to the drive band and the float is disposed in the water body. Thus as the water level changes in the water body due to waves, the float reciprocally drives the input shaft in response to the waves. Thus, as the water level changes in the water body due to waves, the float reciprocally drives the input shaft in response to the waves.
An output shaft is also mounted to the housing so as to be rotatable and is drivingly connected to an energy storage device or an electrical generator. Any conventional mechanism may be utilized to store the energy from rotation of the output shaft in a predetermined rotational direction.
A first one-way clutch is operatively disposed between the input shaft and the output shaft. This one-clutch drivingly connects the input shaft to the output shaft upon rotation of the input shaft in a first rotational direction. A reversing gear is also mounted so as to be rotatable to the housing. This reversing gear is drivingly connected to the input shaft so that the reversing gear and input shaft rotate in unison with each other and in both rotational directions.
A second one-way clutch is operatively disposed between the reversing gear and the output shaft. The second one-way clutch drivingly connects the reversing gear to the output shaft upon rotation of the input shaft in a second rotational direction opposite from the first rotational direction. However, in view of the reversing gear the rotation of the output shaft remains in the same rotational direction regardless of whether the first or second clutch is engaged.
It is a simple design, using no pulleys or levers which makes production, maintenance and reliability easy and cost effective. It is strong and durable. It is scalable from the size small enough to fit on a key chain to the size of a small building and works powerfully regardless of size. It has corrosive resistance to the environment, as it will be sprayed with proprietary coatings. It will be above water providing better protection and less wear and tear. Can be easily adapted to connect to a generator or can be alternatively used to move great amounts of water for storage. This water (millions of gallons in our concept) could be the cleaned or purified. Additionally, the component parts of the overall system are simple and readily available, and relatively inexpensive requiring no special or proprietary manufacturing beyond the WEC (Oscillo Drive) itself, making our overall system a leap forward in innovation, and a great benefit to the American Wave Energy Industry as a whole.