This document explains the theory, construction, and operation of a model wave-energy generator, used to convert ocean wave energy into electrical energy. The actual model is that of a wave-energy buoy, containing a linear electric generator. In a linear generator, the magnet moves in a straight line in and out of a coil of wire.

The purpose is to further students’ and the general public’s knowledge of and interest in wave-energy generators. We plan to implement a student model first, specifically addressing the sixth- to eighth-grade science design standards. Ultimately, these models can be brought to the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) for evaluation using our wave tank and oscilloscope.

Authors: 
William Hanshumaker and Alan Perrill
Short Description: 
This document explains the theory, construction, and operation of a model wave-energy generator, used to convert ocean wave energy into electrical energy.
Product Number: 
ORESU-E-12-006
Entry Date: 
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Price: 
NA
Length: 
21 pp.
Size and Format: 
8 1/2 x 11, online
Year of Publication: 
2012
How to Order: 

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