Anaconda Novel Wave Energy Converter
Checkmate Seaenergy Ltd
Black & Veatch Ltd, Innosea Ltd, University of Strathclyde, Kelvin Hydrodynamics Laboratory
The Anaconda is a radical approach to wave energy conversion. In essence, it is a long water-filled flexible rubber tube floating just beneath the sea surface, aligned in the direction of wave travel, with a power generating turbine at the stern. As waves pass, the tube flexes due to varying pressures causing a "bulge" wave to propagate down the tube’s length, gathering energy from the sea as it goes.
Continuous energy gathering results from careful design of the system, matching a resonance between the bulge wave and the incident sea wave. Energy is stored in the tube as the bulge wave grows and stretches the rubber. The bulge wave travels just in front of the wave rather like a surfer, picking up energy as it progressively increases in size. At the end of the tube, the bulge wave energy surge drives a turbine in the power take off.
NWEC stage 1 project summary report for the Checkmate Seaenergy Anaconda project. Includes a description of the technology, scope of work, achievements and recommendations for further work.View Details