S Chiba, M Waki, K Masuda, T Ikoma, H Osawa Y Suwa- Design for Innovative Value Towards a Sustainable Society, 2012
As a wave power generator utilizing dielectric elastomers can directly drive elastomers by the up and down motions of waves, the structure of the generator is simple and its size can be made small. Using a power generator set on a shore protection, we have proved that it can generate electric power even by fairly small-amplitude waves. Also, we have confirmed that this small-sized device can be utilized for stable hydrogen generation. The use of significantly larger amounts of dielectric elastomer material to produce generator modules with outputs in the MEGAWATT at range is being investigated for application to ocean wave power systems.