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The Circular Sea Clam Wave Energy Converter

  • N. W. Bellamy
Conference paper
Part of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics book series (IUTAM)

Summary

The SEA Clam Wave Energy Generator has been developed to a prototype design suitable for supplying electricity to island communities and coastal communities. It consists of a 120 m long floating spine supporting six air bags breathing through self-rectifying Wells turbines into a common air duct. An alternative configuration of the SEA Clam has been model tested at Loch Ness and has achieved a dramatic improvement in efficiency. This paper describes the structural configuration of the Circular SEA Clam and explains the features which led to a breakthrough in performance. Predictions are made of the cost of power produced by a 60 m diameter full scale unit deployed in the North Atlantic.

Keywords

Wave Force Mooring Line Wave Energy Converter Butterfly Valve Spring Rate 
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References

  1. 1.
    Bellamy, N.W., An Alternative Design of the SEA Clam Wave Energy Converter“, Proc. of the ASME Fourth International Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering Symposium, Vol 1, Dallas, February 1985.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Bellamy, N.W., “The SEA Clam Wave Energy Converter”, Proc. of the ASME Third International Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering Symposium, Vol 11, New Orleans, February 1984.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Bellamy, N.W., “Further Development of the SEA Clam Wave Energy Converter”, the IEE Fourth International Conference on Energy Options, London, April 1984.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin, Heidelberg 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. W. Bellamy
    • 1
  1. 1.Coventry Polytechnic and Sea Energy Associates LimitedCoventryEngland

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