Design of a Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting System for Shallow Ocean Waves

Joe Ott – Masters Thesis, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, August 2013


To maximize the amount of energy that can be extrac ted from a nearshore, shallow wave a simple method of converting the wave’s mechanical energy to an usable energy medium (i.e. electricity) is via piezoelectricity. This paper will touch upon fundamentals of efficient and economical extraction of energy from shallow ocean waves as well as discuss design considerations utilizing piezoelectricity as an energy converter. It can be shown that the capture and storage of shallow wave energy in this manner is comparable to energy generated from other sources, such as fossil fuels, solar power, and hydrodynamic.

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