Faculty Advisor

Savilonis, Brian James


Renewable energy is a topic that is constantly discussed in the scientific world, for many of the energy sources that are used daily are in short supply. As the ocean makes up 70% of the Earth, wave energy as a renewable source is an option that could potentially bring a large amount of energy to the grid. In order to address this, many current wave-capturing mechanisms were researched to determine the most ideal project for college students to develop further. A device and test tank were constructed and results were obtained on a smaller scale of what the device would encounter in open deep-water ocean. With a scaled down model, the device captured 13.4 L of water over 60 waves, resulting in 0.34 kW/m of power for the scaled-up model. These results compare to similar devices in this way.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2015


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering