Presentation Title

Design of a Novel Ocean Wave Energy Generator

Faculty Mentor

Sagil James

Start Date

17-11-2018 8:30 AM

End Date

17-11-2018 10:30 AM

Location

HARBESON 51

Session

POSTER 1

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

engineering_computer_science

Abstract

Harnessing clean and renewable energy sources has become a critical topic in recent years, and it will continue to be necessary as long as people need to use energy. More than half of the American population lives within 50 miles of the coast. It could mean that a sustainable and cost-effective ocean energy harvesting system could prove to be pivotal in years ahead. The ocean has continuously moving currents, waves, and tides that carry with it a substantial amount of energy. Experts agree that among the various renewable energy sources, the ocean wave energy harvesting technologies are decades behind compared to the progress made in the fields of solar and wind energy generation. While there are numerous attempts have been made in the past, most of the ocean wave generator designs solely relied on a single buoy system. Adding one more buoy that works in tandem would potentially increase the power output of the generator. However, having additional buoys to the system presents several challenges including device sizing and configurations, control problems, finding the optimal arrangement for predominant wave conditions, adjusting the pitch and yaw movements, along with the maximizing the conversion efficiency. This project presents a novel ocean wave energy harvesting generator using a dual buoy system. The project aims to assess the benefits of ocean energy harvesting devices in different configurations. The proposed system will be designed and fabricated at a laboratory scale and tested using an in-house built wave energy testing system comprising of a test tank, wave generator, and the harnessing module. The findings of this study are expected to make a significant breakthrough in the wave energy harvesting sector.

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Nov 17th, 8:30 AM Nov 17th, 10:30 AM

Design of a Novel Ocean Wave Energy Generator

HARBESON 51

Harnessing clean and renewable energy sources has become a critical topic in recent years, and it will continue to be necessary as long as people need to use energy. More than half of the American population lives within 50 miles of the coast. It could mean that a sustainable and cost-effective ocean energy harvesting system could prove to be pivotal in years ahead. The ocean has continuously moving currents, waves, and tides that carry with it a substantial amount of energy. Experts agree that among the various renewable energy sources, the ocean wave energy harvesting technologies are decades behind compared to the progress made in the fields of solar and wind energy generation. While there are numerous attempts have been made in the past, most of the ocean wave generator designs solely relied on a single buoy system. Adding one more buoy that works in tandem would potentially increase the power output of the generator. However, having additional buoys to the system presents several challenges including device sizing and configurations, control problems, finding the optimal arrangement for predominant wave conditions, adjusting the pitch and yaw movements, along with the maximizing the conversion efficiency. This project presents a novel ocean wave energy harvesting generator using a dual buoy system. The project aims to assess the benefits of ocean energy harvesting devices in different configurations. The proposed system will be designed and fabricated at a laboratory scale and tested using an in-house built wave energy testing system comprising of a test tank, wave generator, and the harnessing module. The findings of this study are expected to make a significant breakthrough in the wave energy harvesting sector.