Wave power ship

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A wave power ship is a ship, propelled by fins harnessing the energy of the waves.


Constructed boats[edit]

As yet, there is only one boat that is propelled by wave harnessing fins:

Mermaid 2 uses a passive fin mechanism mounted at the bow. A combination of fins and springs capture wave energy, then release it as a propelling drive forwards.

Ship concepts[edit]

1. Ship concepts having wave harnessing fins like the "Santory Mermaid, decribed above:

  • E/S Orcelle [4] A conceptual design for a large car ferry has been projected. This is planned to use wave energy as a minor component of its energy supply, the major source of which is hydrogen fuel.

2. Ships with several hulls, that are movable among one another.

  • The "Oeko-Trimaran" [7] [8], using the principles of the stationary "Pelamis wave power" plants to produce hydrogen fuel by wave energy. Also sun and wind (Wind turbine) energy are used for fuel production, which work also during the mooring times of the ship.


  1. ^ Suntory Mermaid 2 ref 1
  2. ^ Suntory Mermaid 2 ref 2
  3. ^ Suntory Mermaid 2 propulsion system close-up; shows that system works by the force of the springs triggered by the waves
  4. ^ E/S Orcelle, with wave power capture
  5. ^ Cloudseeder[citation needed] This ref makes no mention of wave power - instead it uses Flettner rotors. Note though that Salter is a well-known advocate of wave power.
  6. ^ Salter, Stephen; Sortino, Graham; Latham, John (2008-11-13). "Sea-going hardware for the cloud albedo method of reversing global warming". Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A. 366 (1882): 3989–4006. Bibcode:2008RSPTA.366.3989S. doi:10.1098/rsta.2008.0136. PMID 18757273. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  7. ^ [1] original home page
  8. ^ [2] Maritime Institute Netherlands, archive 2013