At first, we brainstormed for ideas. We were having fun, but we weren't making much progress. So we decided we needed some guiding principles. Here they are:
- Follow Faraday. All of our designs would be based on Faraday's principle of electric induction -- moving a magnet past a copper coil.
- Keep It Simple Silly. Our design needs to survive in a harsh ocean environment, so the less moving parts, the better.
- Survivability. Materials used must be strong enough to survive salt water, storms, and high waves.
- Don't Reinvent the Wheel. Use existing technologies and materials to make something in a new way.
- Keep It Cheap. Wave energy must compete with existing energy companies. Following rule 4 will help keep it inexpensive.
- Be Kind to Mother Nature. Make wave parks that don't harm the environment.