Wave energy technology testing is “positive” | Power Engineering

Neptune Wave Power LLC says tests on its Wave Energy Conversion device off the coast of New Hampshire have proven the buoy’s viability in a repeatable manner.

Both Model 3.0 and 3.1 buoys have been tested at the University of New Hampshire’s Center for Ocean Renewable Energy with positive results, the company said in a release, but Model 3.1 has shown significant improvements in the overall harvesting of energy from waves.

“Our goal is to deliver energy by creating the most robust, maintainable, and economic system possible,” said Steve Hench, Chief Scientist at Neptune Wave Power. “We are optimizing energy extraction from ocean waves through a tunable system that reacts to a wide range of sea states. The tests have been very positive.”

The advances of Model 3.1, including a custom designed generator, scalable and mass producible hull design and a remote mechanical tuning feature has allowed Neptune to maximize the energy harvested.

Source:  http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2012/10/wave-energy-technology-testing-is-positive.html

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