Smart Portable Ocean Wave Energy Converter

Amir Ikhwan Zulkifli, MH Zakaria

Waves are created by a wind blowing on the surface of the sea, if the waves propagate slower than the wind speed just above the waves, there is energy transfer from the wind to the waves. This project focuses on the possibilities of creating a working prototype to harness the energy produced by ocean waves. Based on the report there are small island such as Pulau Pemanggil, in Malaysia that are outside of the area provided by electricity. The resident of the island resort to taking a small boat back and forth from the main island carrying jerry cans filled with gasoline every few days to fuel their generator to provide electricity. Islands such as Pulau Pemanggil is surrounded by moving water and is a perfect location for an ocean wave energy converter to be used by the resident. The prototype will convert the mechanical energy to electrical energy using a Direct Current (DC) motor then transferring the electricity to a rechargeable battery. The voltage produced by the wave energy converter will be monitored by and Arduino, then viewed in LabVIEW to be further analysed. Arduino will be connected to LabVIEW via LabVIEW MakerHub. For future recommendations, the equipment used in this project can be upgraded to a better or industrial version of itself to produce more energy, such as, the DC generator, using a differential gear system and many others. The design of the prototype can also be modified to increase the production of energy for example adding a solar panel on the top of the main body. As a conclusion, the project has successfully harnessed the energy from the ocean to produce electrical energy from the waves and tides.

Volume 12 | Issue 6

Pages: 1834-1840

DOI: 10.5373/JARDCS/V12I2/S20201387