Anaconda WEC to Produce Electricity from Ocean Waves

by OldSailor on July 8, 2008



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.

More information is available at Bulgewave, EPSRC, Checkmate Seaenergy.

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