The SEA-Clam wave energy converter

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

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    The SEA-Lanchester wave energy research group has been working on the development of the SEA-Clam wave energy converter since 1978 as part of the United Kingdom research programme. This floating device, designed to extract the energy from sea waves and convert it to electricity, has been shown to be an operationally viable device at a 10 MW rating as part of a 2 GW station. In a recent assessment the SEA-Clam was deemed to be the leading device with a potential for further development and early exploitation. This paper describes the concept of the device, its design development and the extensive model performance testing at 1/50th and 1/11th scale in indoor tanks and the natural environment of Scotland's Loch Ness. The paper also illustrates the cost viability of small devices to supplement or replace diesel generated electricity for island or coastal communities and outlines the present development programme to design construct and test a 650 kW rated prototype within the next three and a half years, thus providing a shop window for the world wide development of wave energy. (A)

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEnergy Development: New Forms, Renewables, Conservation
    PublisherPergamon Press Canada Ltd
    ISBN (Print)0080254071, 9780080254074
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1984

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Engineering(all)


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