Shark fins, kelp and whales have already been mimicked for tidal and wind power generation, and now anacondas get their time in the spotlight. Francis Farley, an experimental physicist, teamed up with Rod Rainey of Atkins Oil and Gas to invent a new device that harnesses wave power, but is made of inexpensive materials and is easy to maintain. They have named it the Anaconda because of the snake-like look.
The distensible rubber tube is closed at both ends and filled with water. One end faces the oncoming waves where the wave squeezes it and creates a bulge wave inside the tube. Bulge waves head down the tube, with the outside water accompanying it, pushing it along and causing the bulge wave to grow. Finally, the bulge wave flows past a turbine where energy is generated and fed to shore through a cable.
While only a prototype has been created so far, the inventors are getting back up from the
written by The Food Monster, July 09, 2008
written by Michael, July 15, 2008
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