MHK Technologies/Multi Absorbing Wave Energy Converter MAWEC

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Technology Profile
Primary Organization Leancon Wave Energy
Project(s) where this technology is utilized MHK Projects/Leancon Real Sea Test
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Oscillating Wave Surge Converter
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TRL 1-3: Discovery / Concept Definition / Early Stage Development & Design & Engineering
Technology Description MAWEC is an OWC wave energy converter that works differently from other OWCs in that it concurrently utilizes pressure and suck. This gives the wanted effect that the vertical force on the WEC is zero when the WEC stretches over more than one wave length. The device is V-shaped and oriented perpendicular to wave direction. The device consists of a number of vertical air tubes, and when a wave passes, air is pushed into a pressure channel that sucks air out of the suck channel. During one wave period each tube (120 in total) goes through a sequence where air is first pushed into a pressure channel when the wave is rising and is later sucked from the pressure channel when the wave is falling. In this situation there is constant pressure in the pressure channel and the air flow through the turbines is constant.

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Date Submitted 9/28/2010

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