CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY STUDIES

CURRENT RESEARCH

OCEAN ENERGY

A large research project was completed by the Ocean Energy Research Group at Stellenbosch in the seventies and early eighties to investigate the possibility of exploiting tidal, wave and sea current resources around the South African coastline. This work culminated in the Stellenbosch Wave Energy Converter (or SWEC). At this time this research is taken forward after the filing of a patent for a Shore-SWEC. In addition, work is also underway to investigate exploiting the Agulhas Ocean Current through the development of a twin rotor device that will be deployed in the Current. A linear generator for wave energy conversion was also developed in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University.