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Project ID: ICA2-CT-2000-10049
Funded under: FP5-INCO 2
Country: Russia

Float Wave Electric Power Station (FWEPS) as a device for wave energy conversion to electricity

Float Wave Electric Power Station is a device destined for wave energy conversion to electricity. Since sea wave is characterized by spatially time variability of its properties, then the best facility for wave energy taking-off is oscillatory device matched with wave space. In accordance with the given rule, FWEPS employs the oscillatory drive.

The main elements of FWEPS module are: mechanical oscillatory drive, electric generator and auxiliary energy storage. They are maintained inside the sealed capsule-float of an axially symmetric streamline shape.

In addition to other wave energy converters advantages, FWEPS technically has several exceptional features owing to:
- Oscillatory property of the device when matched with outer wave space, thus giving the most effective mode for energy taking-off;

- Sustainable operation at varying lengths, velocities and intensities of waves and directions of their propagation, adapting to changeable external conditions;

- Reliability and long useful life because of sealed capsule-float protects elements of the device from corrosive attack of sea water and its vapour;

- Possibility of devices deployment directly in seas and oceans, in places unsuitable for human life or navigation as well as possibility of FWEPS location change in accordance with regional wave activity, seasonal or other reasons.

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