Design of a wave energy converter for marine buoys

This project is focused on developing a wave energy converter (WEC) and using it to power a buoy system. The buoys continuously float in the ocean and undergo a large amount of dynamic motion which could feasibly be harnessed. The goal is to develop a device that can be commercialized and installed into any buoy hull. It would convert the displacement and rotational motion of the buoy into electrical energy. This technology could be adapted for use on any floating body, such as other buoys or vessels, which could benefit from this constant and sustainable source of power.

David Flander
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Peter Wild
British Columbia