Wave power anchoring system based on undersea plants

BioPower has created a wave power system called bioWAVETM. Each unit is mounted on the seafloor. A pivot near the seafloor converts the motion of the three floating blades and stem to electrical energy via an onboard power conversion module. The wave motion is converted into hydraulic pressure that spins a turbine which generates the electricity that is fed to shore via subsea cables. This design can harness energy from dynamic waves and exhibit robust performance.

Key Differentiators

bioWAVE™ absorbs wave energy from the surface to the ocean floor. The unit can also sink and flatten against the seafloor to avoid damage from excess wave energy. It pivots to optimize directional wave energy.

Biomimicry Story

The bioWAVE™ design mimics the flexible stalks of undersea flora pivot, maintaining orientation relative to wave force. Floating blades also mimic the floats of undersea flora. The unit can collapse against the seafloor during excessively violent wave conditions, mimicking the compliance of kelp and other undersea vegetation.

Challenges Solved

Harnessing wave energy; managing excessive wave energy; harnessing shifting wave directions; energy conversion efficiency.