Tailoring The Sea-Clam Wave Energy Device To Meet Community Needs

Anthony M. Peatfield, L. J. Duckers, F. P. Lockett, B. W. Loughridge, M. J. West, P. R.S. White

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    The SEA-Clam has been shown to be a viable, economic wave energy converter at a rating of 10 MW as part of a 2 GW station. With the present installed over-capacity of the UK grid, the development of wave energy devices is more sensibly approached by supplying remote communities. This paper illustrates that the cost of electricity from the SEA-Clam, at 4-8 p/kWh, is not particularly sensitive to device rating. Thus it is viable, on fuel cost savings alone, to tailor the SEA-Clam device to meet community needs, even down to average annual power outputs of 100 kW. A proposed development programme to construct and operate a 650 kW rated prototype should, within the next three and a half years, provide a shop window for world wide development of wave energy. (Author abstract. )

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEnergy for Rural and Island Communities
    PublisherPergamon Press Ltd.
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Print)0080305806, 9780080305806
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1984

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Engineering(all)


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