Harnessing the power of the waves to create energy for the masses seems to be taking several inventive modes these days. One idea from a company called Swell Fuel targets the use of a lever operated device.
Swell Fuel's "Ocean Energy Converter": Using "a lever operated pivoting float anchored to the ocean floor, Swell Fuel's ocean energy converters are designed to withstand pounding waves. The wave motion triggers the movement of the lever, which in turn produces electricity.”
Swell Fuel hopes to produce some 350,000kW per year per unit and says that by linking the units together, one could potentially provide a significant source of electricity. The company already has one patent issued and has apparently already licensed the technology in five countries, with several others expressing interest.
That's pretty impressive, as Swell Fuel seems to be just a guy with some PVC pipe and a dream.
written by LittleJoe, October 07, 2007
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