Just posting a general enquiry regarding the communities opinion on Wave Energy Converters in the ocean. Starting to design them and I feel that we have an abundance of wave power which should be used in peak swell season. Especially the Southern Ocean, where winter we have some real juice, it would be good to power all the energy-chugging heaters and such. Climate change is real and we have to address it soon and this could be a reliable way to get consistent energy (compared to Hydro where Tas has been fucked for the last decade in drought). As a surfer, I'd no doubt research the affects of waves and make sure they don't ruin any reef/points or anything, but they are offshore and probably could only see them from the cliffs. Real early stages atm, but I reckon it'd be proposed to be about 500m offshore and about 2mx2m.
You're looking to begin designing them?
Jeez, that's a big task. The companies working in this space are massive multi-nationals with enormous R&D budgets. I honestly don't know if it'd be possible for someone to conceive one from the ground up on their own.
Yes, a big, very big task. You will find this area of energy source is well researched with many areas around Aus being trialed. I know of a specific system at Port Kembla, near the gong.
It would seem an endless source of energy but not easy to capture and transform its energy. A very interesting area of engineering. At this stage, it would not be regarded as a major source of renewable energy source.
torquooly mate where have you been your about 15yrs and $15 billion behind
Yeah I know, I'm not designing them and up until now the converters aren't efficient enough to be a viable source of energy. I am overseas and some genius I met has invented a new technique which has much higher efficiency for larger waves which I might try and bring back to Aus. Regardless, back to the original question, would you care if you saw a 2m x 2m hunk of metal out the back of your local beachie ?
Oh yeah and Ben this kid I'm working with is looking to conceive it from the ground up, and although I don't know how his technology works his mechanical and hydrodynamic efficiency values are ridiculous and I think he will change the field.
torquooly, interesting eng: Scotlands first tidal generator
torquooly is an Indian Bot,,, don't lend it the time of day.