This is our original Wavemaster design drawing. As you can see, the
power generating equipment (a sealed copper coil with a magnet that
moves up and down through the center) is anchored to the seafloor. This
is unlike any other design proposed before. A buoy floating on the
surface above is attached to the magnet by a cable. As the buoy rides
the waves, it pulls the magnet past the coil, creating electricity.
This means that all our most expensive equipment sits safely 100 feet or so
beneath the waves. If a big storm comes and the buoy snaps off, all we
lose is a buoy, which is easy to replace. Also, we plan on using GPS and
a transmitter on the buoy so we could track it down and reattach it. The
best thing about our design is that it is so simple, it has very few
moving parts, and it is cost effective. It also meets all our design
This is our 1/30th scale-model wave farm. We built it using materials that we
could buy at any store and rearrange to fit our purpose. The farm has three Wavemaster power poles.
Each pole has positive and negative wires leading to a central junction box.
There, power from all three poles is combined and transferred to the shore by a
single undersea cable. When we filled our tank with water and turned on our
wavemaker, we actually registered power on a meter.
In this picture, you can see the whole prototype, including the amp meter, which actually registered power when the prototype was running, and the simulated power plant we added to make our model look cool.