Scientific Research and Essays

  • Abbreviation: Sci. Res. Essays
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-2248
  • DOI: 10.5897/SRE
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2752

Full Length Research Paper

Ocean wave energy – An option for Nigerian power situation

Collins Neku NWAOKOCHA
  • Collins Neku NWAOKOCHA
  • Mechanical Engineering Department, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria.
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Abayomi Temitope LAYENI
  • Abayomi Temitope LAYENI
  • Mechanical Engineering Department, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria.
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  •  Accepted: 31 May 2013
  •  Published: 25 August 2013

Abstract

As energy presents itself in various forms, here we will be looking at it from the perspective of wave energy. This paper investigates wave theory and use of some forms of mechanical wave fronts to generate electrical energy. A major means of production of these waves is discussed - being the wave front from the ocean, which is presently a source of worry to the people of Lagos State, Nigeria. These wave fronts from the Atlantic Ocean was analysed and the possibility of converting this unwanted excess energy of the ocean to useful work was considered. Thus, this paper presents a means of harnessing this abundant source of energy considering the waves generated in our coastal belt. The adoption of this form of energy resource would help in the conservation of our fossil fuels, nil-carbon emission and also promote the efficient use of energy.

 

Key words: Wave power, water column, kilowatt, oscillating water column.