The UK Department of Energy funded research into wave energy between 1974 and 1983 under its Wave Energy Programme. The programme’s goals were to assess the feasibility and cost of energy of wave generated electricity for the UK grid. The benchmark used was a 2GW installation off South Uist. Several device teams were funded including the Edinburgh Wave Power Project which developed the Edinburgh Duck. There were also thematic projects called Technical Advisory Groups. The themes were resource, structural loading, mooring and anchoring, generation and transmission, and environmental impact.

Recent Submissions

  • Bending moments in long spines 

    Taylor, Jamie Richard Mackenzie; Salter, Stephen Hugh (The University of Edinburgh, 1984-08)
    While it is unusual to test tank-models with controlled, variable elasticity there are several reasons why we believe that it is im-portant to exert the large effort required. 1. The convenient model-building materials ...
  • Updated report on the Edinburgh - Laing wave energy device (The Duck) 

    Williams, Peter B.; Salter, Stephen Hugh; Anderson, Colin George; J., F.A. (The University of Edinburgh, 1981-10)
    John Laing Limited have been associated with Stephen Salter, of Edinburgh University, since the late autumn of 1978. In May 1981, at the request of ETSU, a proposal was submitted to The Wave Energy Steering Committee for ...
  • Variable coefficient control of a wave-energy device 

    Young, Henry Eskine; Pollock, J. (The University of Edinburgh, 1985-03)
    In 1979 Mynett, Serman and Mei produced a set of com-puter programmes which allowed the prediction of the hydrodynamic performance of an arbitrary shape on lin-ear assumptions. Using their programs Greenhow simu-lated the ...
  • Long Spine Mooring 

    Retzler, Chris-Heinz (The University of Edinburgh, 1986)
    In this report we present the specification of the mooring for the long spine model, and a detailed analysis of its static and dynamic characteristics. We describe the experimental investigations of the behaviour of the ...
  • Simulations of directionally-spread waves 

    Mollison, Denis (The University of Edinburgh, 1976)
    The pictures which follow are designed to give a first impression of what is happening at points along the backbone of a duck string in a directionally spread sea; in particular, to look at the correlation between wave-records ...
  • The electrical aspects of the Edinburgh University wave energy device 

    Jarvis, A.M. (The University of Edinburgh, 1979-11)
    This report is confined to the technical and cost aspects of generating electrical power at sea on board the ducks, and delivering this power to the Scottish Transmission Grid System.
  • Fourth year report on Edinburgh Wave Power Project : Study on mechanisms for extracting power from sea waves (Volume 2) 

    Jeffrey, David Crighton; Keller, Glenn Jay; Mollison, Denis; Richmond, D.J.E.; Salter, Stephen; Taylor, J.R.M.; Young, I.A. (The University of Edinburgh, 1978-07)
    We wanted to understand how ducks behave in extreme conditions. We generated the largest, steepest wave possible in the narrow tank. We varied mounting compliance, position, power take-off and attitude of the model. We ...
  • Fourth year report on Edinburgh Wave Power Project : Study on mechanisms for extracting power from sea waves (Volume 3) 

    Jeffrey, David Crighton; Keller, Glenn Jay; Mollison, Denis; Richmond, D.J.E.; Salter, Stephen Hugh; Taylor, Jamie Richard Mackenzie; Young, Ian A. (The University of Edinburgh, 1978-07)
    Our aim was to construct a tank with complete control of directional distribution of energy as well as spectral shape. This control is important for several types of wave power device but it is of critical importance for ...

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