Definition: Point Absorber

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Point Absorber

Wave energy capture device, with principal dimension relatively small compared to the wavelength, and is able to capture energy from a wave front greater than the physical dimension of the device. There are floating and submerged models.[1]




Related Terms
Wave power; PowerBouy
References
  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wave_power


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Example of a Point Absorber

A submerged pressure differential wave energy capturing device, which can be considered a fully submerged point absorber. A pressure differential is induced within the device as the wave passes, driving a fluid pump to create mechanical energy.