Here is ocean Wave Energy Converter (WEC), Anaconda under development in UK to produce carbon free electricity.
- Anaconda is a long rubber tube closed at both ends and is filled completely with water.
- Floats in the sea and is oriented in the direction of wave travel.
- It is designed to be anchored just below the sea’s surface, with one end facing the oncoming waves.
- The ocean waves induce a bulge in the tube which travels just in front of the wave, picking up energy and increasing progressively in size.
- The traveling bulge accumulates the energy from the waves and at the end of the tube, the energy can be used to drive a turbine.
- It is estimated that typically an Anaconda of 7 metre diameter and 150 metre long, can produce 1 Mega Watt of average power from Atlantic waves.
- The project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
- Checkmate Seaenergy, part of the British Checkmate Group, has an exclusive license to develop Anaconda for commercial use.
- In comparison to other WECs, as Anaconda has less moving parts, maintenance is easy and has trouble free performance even in rough weather conditions.
- Some encouraging applications of Anaconda can be expected by 2010.
Here is a sketch of Anaconda from bulgewave.
Here is animation of bulge tube action and power take off operation of Anaconda.
Here is a video clip of Anaconda WEC.
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