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PUBLISHER tude that Michael Raftery, CTO, SurfWEC had when he envisioned the Wave

John C. O’Malley

Energy Harnessing Device. Generating power from waves, at least generating

Apower at the utility scale, has proved to be an elusive engineering task, and the

Associate Publisher & Editor advent of wave energy is still in its infancy. But with the world turning decidely ‘green’,

Gregory R. Trauthwein there could be political will, and more importantly funding and subsidies, to help the wave energy industry evolve into adolescence and keep pace with developments on other green

Contributing Writers energy technologies, namely solar and wind. In the case of SurfWEC, the reference to

Justin Manley, U.S.

Elaine Maslin, Aberdeen “join ‘em” was not speaking to competition from other devices, rather to the waves and

Tom Mulligan, Ireland the ocean themselves. One of the big challenges with many wave energy devices is the

Claudio Paschoa, Brazil

William Stoichevski, Oslo matter of positioning it in the surf itself, guaranteeing a steady stream of power-producing waves while keeping the unit intact in this rough water environment. Raftery believes he

Production Manager has found the solution with the patented Wave Energy Harnesing Device because the unit

Irina Vasilets effectively creates its own surf. In principle the SurfWEC system can be placed anywhere where there are ocean waves and water depths are from 135 to 1000 ft., and it is, in fact, a

Production & Graphic Design

Nicole Ventimiglia major design feather in SurfWEC’s cap that the system need not be placed directly in the surf zone to work. It is designed to be a ‘one size ? ts all’ solution, and it leans on a neural network to keep the variable-depth platform at the optimal depth at all times. The complete

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