The Manchester Bobber

Manchester University is testing a wave energy device that uses the “bobbing” effect of water to produce more power than offshore windfarms.


The waves produce an oscillatory motion that is converted into one-directional motion through a clutch, which drives the generator. If the system is put into full-scale use the Bobber units will be attached to a platform or rig with the mechanics and generator on top. Mounting the units on decommissioned offshore oil-rigs is also being explored by the team.

Professor Peter Stansby, co-inventor of the Bobber, said: “When you hear that a wind turbine produces 2MW, that actually indicates the maximum output. The Bobber’s output of 5MW is the mean power output, with the potential for much more depending on sea conditions.”

Via The Engineer. Press release.