I received a message today from a reader suggesting a particular website. I read the information on that particular website, and there was presented a hybrid energy producing system by using the waves as a “catalyst” for the operation of a diesel-powered generator.
In short, their inventions’ descriptions are these:
“1. Wave Air Pump – WAP:
Compresses air and feeds it into the air inlet of a turbo generator, inject fuel as needed to maintain a turbo generator output irrespective of wave heights.
2. Wind Turbine Pump – WTP
A wind turbine directly drives an air compressor, collects the compressed air in a piping network and feeds it to the air inlet of a turbo generator.
3. Wave Water Pump – WWP:
Lifts a small quantity of water to a high head and feed it to a hydro-turbo generator to produce power, or compressed air to feed another turbo generator and act as a WAP. A set of pumps or a set of wind turbines, up to ten and a mile wide or as needed may be installed in line with the incoming waves or wind to extract most of its energy. The proposed systems can generate dependable electric power at competitive cost.”
Their idea of an energy-producing system (by the way, energy cannot be produced nor be lost – it can only be converted) is very fruitful, because it has both the power of sun, wind, water and… the diesel. And that’s the worst part. The diesel comes from fossil fuels, has very harmful noxes and produces a lot of CO2. As someone said in a recent comment from gas2.0, “you don’t need to dance around the elephant in the room anymore!”. Wave power, if used, has to be self-sufficient, there must not be any other fuel-powered systems, and when I say that I mean internal combustion engines.
Update: I got a comment from the inventor of these WAP and WWP systems, and it seems I got things a little bit confused. He clarified them for me here.