Ocean Wave Energy Harvesting Systems
Ocean wave energy harvesting systems designed for sensor buoys convert wave motion into electricity to allow operation under all weather conditions. These new systems will enable enhanced functionality, higher performance and continuous operation. Such systems generate and accumulate energy that can be used to indefinitely power remote buoys equipped with sensor arrays as well as electronics for processing and communications. These power sources can be integrated with buoy systems to minimize the size of batteries, or to eliminate the need for batteries if super-capacitors are used. The goal is to store accumulated energy and form a completely self-contained, persistent, energy source platform suitable for a variety of sensor payloads.