Offshore "Bobbing" Device for Harnessing Wave Energy
The Manchester (UK) Bobber, a patented new wave energy device, passed Phase One last January, testing of 1/100th scale working model. Phase Two will now involve testing a 1/10th scale device. Could out-perform wind farms.
Adapted by Sterling D. Allan for Pure Energy Systems News
MANCHESTER, UK -- Think of a cork bouncing up
and down in the waves. Think of harnessing that up and down motion.
That is what a group from the University of Manchester is doing, in partnership
with Mowlem plc and Royal Haskoning.
The vision is to have a series of Bobbers working together to generate
electricity. Tests at Manchester University suggest that the device could
outperform wind farms.
Co-inventor of the Manchester Bobber, and Professor of Hydrodynamics at The University of Manchester, Professor Peter Stansby, said: "Offshore wave energy represents a substantial concentrated 'green' energy source for an island state like the UK.
"Energy from the sea may be extracted in many ways and harnessing the energy from the bobbing motion of the sea is not a new idea. It is the hydrodynamics of the float employed by the Manchester Bobber that provides the vital connection to generating electricity."
The devices unique features include:
The initial concept for the Manchester Bobber was conceived in January 2004 with a 12 month Carbon Trust award. The design, development and testing of the device has been carried out at the University of Manchester led by Professor Peter Stansby and Dr Alan Williamson.
Phase One of the project (testing of 1/100th scale working model) was
successfully completed in January 2005. Phase Two, which is commencing now,
involves a 1/10th scale device that has been constructed and will be tested at
NaREC over a two-week period.
Professor Peter Stansby is Professor of Hydrodynamics within the School of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering, which is part of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at The University of Manchester.
The University of Manchester Intellectual Property Limited (UMIP) is the University's technology transfer and intellectual property commercialisation company. It was formed by the merger of two very successful companies, UMIST Ventures and Manchester Innovation. Taken together these two companies have set up and managed some 100 technology licences and over 60 spin-off companies, including several which have gone on to stock market listings. For information, visit www.umip.com
Mowlem plc is a leading international provider of construction and support services, with a £2 billion annual turnover and over 25,000 employees worldwide operating through 8 principal business units: Mowlem Building, Mowlem Asset Services, Mowlem Infrastructure, Mowlem Engineering, Mowlem International, Mowlem Project, Mowlem Managed Services, Mowlem Environmental Sciences Group.
Established in 1822, Mowlem has evolved from being purely a construction contractor to become a market leading construction and support services group, able to deliver a unique range of capabilities to public and private sector customers across a comprehensive range of market sectors. For further information, please visit www.mowlem.com
Royal Haskoning is an international and multidisciplinary firm of
consultants, architects and engineers. Their advisory services cover the broad
spectrum that encompasses the sustainable interaction between people and their
environment in regard to spatial development, infrastructure & transport,
architecture & building, mechanical & electrical services, environment,
water, coastal & rivers. They advise public and private sector organisations
all over the world
Simon Hunter, Media Relations Officer
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D. Allan Sept. 22, 2005