Technology

The WET-NZ is an innovative wave energy converter that interacts with all components of the wave to maximize energy capture.

Most wave energy converters capture energy from either the heave (up and down), surge (back and forth), or pitch (rolling) motion of a wave. Point absorber devices, for example, interact with the heave (vertical) component of the wave, while flap devices interact with the surge (horizontal) component. The Wave Energy Technology New Zealand (WET-NZ) is an innovative “multi-mode” device that   interacts with the heave, surge and pitch components of the wave to maximize the amount of energy captured.