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August 8, 2011

Langlee Wave Power Generator

at 5:45 am. Filed under Insane Equipment


While at the All Energy 2011 conference in Aberdeen Scotland we stopped by the Langlee Wave Power booth. Thanks to the team from Langlee Wave Power for taking the time to explain how their power generating device works. This system is towed into the ocean and uses the natural undulation of the waves to move some massive water wings. These wings are directly connected to generators to produce energy. It it often the case that the simplest idea is the beast and from what I can see this system is quite simple in concept. Now of course implementation and manufacturability is something completely different. This monster of a system will live its days in the rough seas and will be expected to survive extreme conditions on a daily basis without failure. The upside is that ocean waves are very predictable and this unit can produce 250kW.

“Langlee Wave Power is a Norwegian based company developing wave energy converters for¬†utilizing the power in the waves. The system is optimized for deployment in areas with moderate wave conditions, 2-6 meter seas. The system is ideal for offshore windfarm sites. Power transmission, infrastructure and site approval costs can be shared with new or existing offshore windfarms.”


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5 Responses to “Langlee Wave Power Generator”

  1. ⬡ Says:

    I hope these take off. It’s a great idea.

    Also: “It it often the case that the simplest idea is the beast” – hmm, but I always heard the devil was in the details…

  2. Noah Says:

    I think it is funny that old technolgy is new again. A similar concept was explained in Modern Mechanix 1932. Only 5kw, though.

    Don’t get me wrong, I am glad someone is doing it.

  3. Bill Says:

    With the south-east coast of the UK being eroded by the sea, one would think that the use of wave power along the coastline would be ‘no brainer’. It would provide both power and protect to the coast. But no…

    Instead they are building one of the largest and most hideously expensive off-shore wind farms in the UK, which even by the UK.gov’s own figures will only produce 24-36% of its rated power over a year!

  4. Langlee Wave Energy to Power Converter! Says:

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  5. XBMC^N Says:

    Physics thought experiment: If these things were implemented on a large scale, could they conceivably alter the moon’s orbit?

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