Tapered Channel Wave Energy

Importance of Renewable Energy

Rachel and Jason are both senior students at the University of Wisconsin Madison studying Environmental Engineering. With the rising demand for energy and the growing interest in "green" energy, both students decided to evaluate one of the many devices used to capture and transform wave energy into energy that can be used to power homes, businesses, and other parts of daily lives instead of relying on coal power. The types of the wave energy harnessing devices considered for the project include; floating generating devices, submerged devices, and land based devices. 

Why TAPCHAN?

100% land based. Many of the other machines are offshore devices and need to be accessed by boat and also have to transmit electricity back to shore.
Easy to design and build. Because TAPCHAN is land based, it is less expensive to deisgn, build and operate. The simplicity of TAPCHAN made it easy for us to build a small model and test it in a pool. Also, we did not need to buy any materials for the project by using metal scrap and household items.
Applicable to class material. TAPCHAN was also chosen for the topic of the project since it is a design that would enable class material to be applied to evaluate it. We used concepts of waves and energy to analyze the model.










Project for CEE 514 - Coastal Engineering
By: Rachel & Jason
Copyright 2010

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