Apparatus for extracting energy from wave movement of the sea
Apparatus for producing power from water waves
Tide operated pumps
Apparatus for extracting energy from movement of water
Articulated, energy converting structure
Apparatus for harnessing wave energy
Method of converting ocean wave action into electrical energy
Wave power energizer
ApplicationNo. 06/846952 filed on 04/01/1986
US Classes:290/53, TIDE AND WAVE MOTORS290/42, Tide and wave motors417/332, Pivoted60/495MOTOR HAVING A BUOYANT WORKING MEMBER
ExaminersPrimary: Shoop, William M. Jr.
Assistant: Logan, Sharon D.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
International ClassesF03B 13/18 (20060101)
F03B 13/00 (20060101)
AbstractAn apparatus for capturing a portion of the wave energy on the surface of a body of water and converting the captured energy to a usable form of power incudes a large array of flotation devices, each connected to one of a plurality of energy conversion devices such as piston pumps. The conversion devices are all secured to a common frame structure which is supported by the buoyancy of the flotation devices. The apparatus floats with a draft which is a function of the average wave height in the area covered by the array. The lateral dimensions of the apparatus are greater than the expected wavelength to maintain a generally horizontal disposition. The apparatus may be moored at virtually any marine location, and the energy produced is transferred to storage facilities by a submerged conduit. The moorings may include winching means to submerge the apparatus during storms and high seas. A plurality of such apparatus may be disposed to form a breakwater to protect a harbor, beach, or the like.