Preliminary Design and Construction Plan for an Ocean Wave Energy Conversion System

by Robert H. Mayer, Jr., US Naval Acad, Annapolis, MD, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Utilization of Ocean Waves—Wave to Energy Conversion


A preliminary design and construction plan for a prototype wave energy conversion system is described. While the design methodology and construction procedures are intended for generic application, the particular design presented herein has been customized for installation at a unique site on the northeast shore of St. Croix Island. The system is designed to satisfy a one mega-watt energy requirement and economic viability is assessed with respect to system life-cycle costs and alternative energy sources. Fundamentals of site characterization and selection are also discussed.

Subject Headings: Ocean waves | Construction sites | Sustainable development | Construction management | Energy conversion | Hydro power | Construction methods | System analysis

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