Wave Energy Converters based on Dielectric Elastomer generators: Status and perspectives

17 Wave energy converters
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Dielectric Elastomers (DEs) are a very promising technology for the development of energy harvesting devices based on the variable-capacitance electrostatic generator principle. This paper discusses the potentialities of DE technology for advancing the ocean wave energy sector. In particular, three innovative concepts of wave energy converters with DE-based power take-off system are introduced and described.



M. Fontana, R. Vertechy

DOI: 10.12910/EAI2015-049



Marco Fontana - Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Perceptual Robotics Laboratory (PERCRO), Pisa, Italy

Rocco Vertechy - University of Bologna, Department of Industrial Engineering, Italy