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Clustering of cycloidal wave energy converters

United States Patent

March 29, 2016
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A wave energy conversion system uses a pair of wave energy converters (WECs) on respective active mountings on a floating platform, so that the separation of the WECs from each other or from a central WEC can be actively adjusted according to the wavelength of incident waves. The adjustable separation facilitates operation of the system to cancel reactive forces, which may be generated during wave energy conversion. Modules on which such pairs of WECs are mounted can be assembled with one or more central WECs to form large clusters in which reactive forces and torques can be made to cancel. WECs of different sizes can be employed to facilitate cancelation of reactive forces and torques.
Siegel; Stefan G. (Pueblo, CO)
Atargis Energy Corporation (Pueblo, CO)
13/ 569,988
August 8, 2012
FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-EE0003635 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.