WAVE-E "Wave Breaker" Contest

(Randolph Hencken) #1

Our friends at WAVE- E are running a contest we want to share with you. They’re looking at two of the biggest hurdles for seasteads to move out to the open seas:

1.) SHELTER: Is it possible to make breakwaters for the open ocean that are durable enough to hold off the strongest of storm surges?

2.) POWER: Can we create a power source a.) produces enough electricity for our needs, b.) is consistent in all weather conditions, and c.) is, ideally, renewable with zero emissions.

This is what the WAVE-E “wave breaker” is designed to provide. WAVE-E is a hybrid wave break wall component and wave energy converter.

The goal is that a wall of WAVE-Es to both create calm seas for a seastead and convert the energy from the waves into renewable energy to more than provide for all of the seasteads needs.

WAVE-E is running an engineering competition to refine the mechanical details, build their first working prototype, and create a computer model that simulates WAVE-E operation in all wave conditions.

The grand prize for the winning engineer, or engineering team, is a 20% equity share in the company. If you are an engineer, or know an engineer who might be interested, you can go to the All Can Rise website to check out the competition details: http://www.allcanrise.com/#!wave-e/am8ba

We hope WAVE-E has a successful competition. Let’s all hope that they are able to produce a product that actually does the job well enough for us to bring seasteading into international waters. It would be a great step forward of an exciting new stage of our journey. Let’s wish them luck.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://www.seasteading.org/2016/02/wave-e-wave-breaker-contest/

(Wilfried Ellmer) #2

Sure there are examples for such “sea wall style breakwaters” | Oosterschelde | Monaco Breakwater | Mullberry | Nkossa | but the costs are a problem as the required size is giant...

Smaller developments that can not upfront the cost of such mega wall structures need to have a bow like a ship. See | Prelude | for a general impression “what kind of bow” (and turret mooring) is needed, to reasonably protect a (relativly small 488m) floating LNG plant from wave impacts in a category 5 cyclon..

(Gordon Hervey) #4

Kinetic wave power systems are making progress, an ‘on-grid’ trial is underway in Hawaii. An asset to this contest might be a sketch of the whole seastead to provide a starting point for the breakwater design. I’m known to favor a city of linked platforms that’s moored within a surrounding breakwater at a distance offshore that protects it from the seafloor magnification effect of tsunami. Another idea that may be viable is a cluster of 7 or more repurposed oil tankers plus an old hospital ship within a breakwater. The world’s largest wind generator under development will be moored with slack tethers 12 miles out to sea from Fukushima, for example (these articles are near the top of my static facebook Wall).