Johannes Falnes

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Johannes Falnes
Born 15 December 1931
Skudenes, Norway
Residence Norway
Citizenship Norwegian
Nationality Norwegian
Fields Experimental physics
Wave energy
Institutions Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Alma mater Norwegian Institute of Technology

Johannes Falnes (born 15 December 1931) is a Professor Emeritus of Experimental Physics at the Department of Physics of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology noted for his contributions to wave energy research. He is one of the pioneers of modern wave energy research.


Falnes received his master's and doctoral degrees both from the Norwegian Institute of Technology.[1]


Falnes spent his career at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (1956–1959), CERN (1959–1961), the University of Bergen (1961–1964), the Norwegian Institute of Technology/Norwegian University of Science and Technology (1965–2001), and SINTEF (1966–1972), before retiring in 2002. He is, however, still professionally active.

Falnes' main research interest has been ocean wave energy and its utilisation. Together with Kjell Budal, he initiated wave energy research in Norway in the 1970s. Falnes and Budal discovered the so-called antenna effect, where a floating point absorber could theoretically absorb far more wave energy from the sea than that which is directly incident upon its geometry, analogous to a radio antenna's ability to absorb radio waves.[2] They also developed the latching control strategy to maximize energy extraction.[3]

In December 2006, a seminar titled Challenges for Wave Energy Technology was dedicated in tribute to Falnes on his 75th anniversary. The seminar was held in Trondheim, Norway. Wave energy experts such as Stephen Salter (University of Edinburgh), António Falcão (Instituto Superior Técnico), Alain Clément (École centrale de Nantes), and Richard Yemm (Ocean Power Delivery) addressed various topics in the seminar.[4]

Falnes is a member of The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters[citation needed] and the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Among his pastimes are hiking and cross-country skiing.

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ "Peaks and troughs of wave energy: the dreams and the reality - speaker biographies". Retrieved 24 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "The economics and technology of taming Atlantic waves". Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Drew, B.; Plummer, A. R.; Sahinkaya, M. N. (2009). "A review of wave energy converter technology". Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy 223: 887–902. 
  4. ^ "Challenges for Wave Energy Technology". Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Medlemmer: FALNES, Johannes" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 

External links[edit]