Inventing a New Way to Capture the Energy of Waves

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NREL's ocean energy research team's efforts to develop more robust and cost-effective wave energy converters have yielded a record of invention titled, 'Wave Energy Conversion Devices with Actuated Geometry.' This innovative wave device features a wave converter with controlled geometry that increases energy capture and prevents large waves from overloading the generator. The invention's control system actuates flaps that open and close depending on wave conditions. Better control of the wave forces acting on wave energy conversion devices provides a solution to one of wave energy's biggest challenges -- and could cut the cost of wave energy in half.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2016

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-5000-66514


  • actuated geometry
  • conversion devices
  • ocean
  • wave energy
  • waves


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