WAVE ENERGY CONVERTER
Neptune 1:20 scale model being prepared for tank testing
Neptune is a unique wave energy converter with only one moving part that sits on the sea bed, away from the maelstrom that may be raging above, but yet which harnesses the energy of the waves travelling above it. It is a type of device known as a resonating point absorber and the power of the wave is captured in an oscillating water column. Because the device sits at a depth of around 40 metres, the risks of storm damage are minimal. Because the top of the device is typically about 15 metres below the surface there is no visual impact.
The prospects for Wave Energy
are enormous, with governments all round the world actively encouraging development of devices. Here in the UK the government is making large sums available to assist development and deployment of interim and full scale devices.
Neptune Energy Limited have privately funded and created a 1:20 scale model (see picture above) which has been successfully tank tested and shown to produce power which when scaled up to full size equals several megawatts. Neptune's figures have been independently validated by the Peninsular Research institute for Renewable Energy Universities of Exeter and Plymouth. The power generated at full scale has also been validated by ESRU and the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow . The figures achieved so far are likely to be exceeded with further development and testing.
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UK Patent GB 2440945 granted. International Patents applied for.