Tapered Channel Wave Energy

Elements of a Tapered Channel Wave Power System

Tapered channel with upward sloped bottom
Waves from the ocean enter the channel and increase in height as the channel tapers.

Elevated resevoir
Water collects in the elevated basin after exiting the channel.

Return conduit with turbine
By gravity, water  flows from the basin back to the ocean. On the way, the water powers a standard hydroelectric turbine. 

Courtesy of HK RE


These short clips demonstrate the basic function of a tapered channel wave energy system. There is no return conduit or turbine in our model. From the videos, it can be seen that the water moving up the channel can reach the reservoir when the water outside of the channel cannot.

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

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