Wave Energy: A British Way Forward With The Circular Sea Clam

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

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    Since 1975 the SEA-Lanchester energy systems group has been part of the United Kingdom wave energy programme. The SEA-Lanchester Energy Systems Group has developed and tested the design of the SEA-Clam. In an attempt to improve the device energy capture efficiency and the structural strength to weight ratio, the SEA-Lanchester group reconfigured the basic airbag - Wells turbine system from its straight spine form to a circular spaceframe configuration. This development combined with the use of membrane air-bags has achieved remarkable improvements in energy absorption efficiencies, and hence has brought the power costs down into the range of 3. 3 - 5. 6 p/kWh. In the light of this progress, the group is proposing a programme for the detailed design optimisation, construction and performance testing of a 60 m diameter Circular SEA-Clam prototype wave energy device.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIEE Conference Publication
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Print)0852963483
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1987

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    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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