Sunday 25 February 2024

Wave Group Reports



In response to the 1973 oil crisis, Professor Stephen Salter (1938 – 2024) nudged the UK Department of Energy into funding wave power research. This led to the 1974 Wave Energy Programme, which funded several designs of wave energy device. Due to political unpopularity, funding of specific devices was abruptly and controversially terminated in 1983. During the years that followed, the Edinburgh Wave Power Group worked on projects for generic technologies. In the absence of academic funding, there was also more focus on commercialisation of technologies that had been developed during the funding programme, such as wave makers and digital hydraulics pumps.  

Professor Salter’s research lab, ‘the Portacabin’, had copies of all the documents associated with the Edinburgh Wave Power Project. As a PhD student, these reports were revered artefacts. They all had a particular look about them, even those authored by his researchers a decade after the end of the funding programme. Access involved knocking on the Portacabin door; promising to put them back into the right place; etc. A few years ago, Professor Salter decided to make this collection available to the wider world via the Edinburgh Research Archive. I had promised a link from my blog, but I didn’t get around to this, as I was disturbed by subsequent additions to the archive that weren’t part of the Portacabin collection. To get around this, here are the links to the archive items that I associate with the Portacabin. It’s worth looking at the main archive page if you wish to search by author or subject.



1974: Power from sea waves: a proposal to the Science Research Council

1974: Light from the Face of the Deep?: magazine article


Annual reports during the Wave Energy Programme:

1975: First year interim report on Edinburgh Wave Power Project : Study of mechanisms for extracting power from sea waves

1976: Second year interim report on Edinburgh Wave Power Project: Study of mechanisms for extracting power from sea waves

1978: Fourth year report on Edinburgh Wave Power Project : Study on mechanisms for extracting power from sea waves (Volume 1)

1979: EWPP - SCOPA - Laing, 5th year report, Volume 2

1979: EWPP - SCOPA - Laing, 5th year report, Volume 2, Appendix

1979: EWPP - SCOPA - Laing, 5th year report, Volume 2, Drawings


Annual reports after the Wave Energy Programme:

1984: Bending moments of short spines

1987: Long spines with appendages

1987: A Spinning Cylinder in Waves

1987: Solo Duck Linear Analysis

1987: Sonar Ranging

1992: Optimal Control of a Duck

1993: Solo Duck Mooring Forces

1994: Numerical Models

Associated work:

1976: Design Considerations of Submarine Power Links: BSc dissertation.

1976: Transmission of electricity from wave power devices: project report

1977: Electrical Generation Systems Suitable for use in Wave Power Schemes: project report

1978: Comparing wave power from a Northern and a Southern site: technical note

1979: Power conversion systems for Ducks : conference preprint

1979: Preliminary report on the use of tunnels for power transmission: consultant’s report

1980: Edinburgh wave energy device moorings: Consultant’s report

1981: Absorbing wave makers and wide tanks: conference proceedings

1982: Parrots and monkeys: technical note

1983: Magnetic Squeeze-Films: design report

1994: Some Numerical Results for the Flat and Tall Floats: technical note

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