A Victorian company, AMOG, has won a European Union grant to test its “floating pendulum” wave power generation technology at The University of Exeter’s marine energy testing site at Falmouth in Cornwall.
AMOG’s design is a 25 metre floating vessel with a damped pendulum. Energy is extracted from the pendulum damping via electromotive force.
Damped pendulums have been used in many applications, including car engines, cable structures and bridges, since the early 1900s. The AMOG system is tuned to maximise power from incoming waves.
The novel concept promises much better reliability than other technologies because the only moving part is the pendulum connection.
The one-third scale prototype being tested is projected to produce 600 kilowatts of power.