Swash Zone Energy Generation Skid Device
Not long ago, I was walking on the beach, and I noted that it was high tide, and how much more beach was covered during high tide than during low tide. The swash zone was a little bit smaller in some places, and wider in others. This of course had to do with the contour of the slope of the beach in different areas. Of course, I bet it’s pretty predictable from low tide to high tide, and that makes it perfect for some sort of an energy generation capture device. Okay so let’s talk because I have some engineering visualizations on this that I’d like to explain to you, tell me if you think it’s viable.
First, I envision setting rails along the beach perpendicular to the angle at which the waves are breaking, which may mean they are angled from the actual beach frontage. Next be tween these rails will be a semi-buoyant skid with a small plow like device or concave surface at the leading-edge facing the wave. About where the average wave breaking point is, will be where the concave plow is situated. As the wave breaks onto the swash zone it will push the skid up hill, and gravity will allow it to return along with the swash zone for the next wave pushing back up.
Since this device can work at either high or low tide, the skid generation device will start at a higher or lower point along the beach line. Gravity will feed the skid back to the proper location, allowing it to work regardless of the tides elevation. To prevent corrosion of the electrical parts there will also be another rail line directly above where the energy is generated due to the friction of moving electromagnetic parts. This will also keep the electricity away from the water. In the event of a very large tidal surge, the upper rails will be turned off.
Why would I suggest all this? Well, it appears that the particular beach in question hasn’t significantly changed in 65 years, with only two tidal events which might completely shut down the system. Now then, I would assume that the last 30,000 years would be the same. Why? Because they found a Woolly Mammoth bones on one of the islands and none have been found on the land nearby, so the Islands have been there at least that long, meaning so has the sea level displacement. I’d say that is a very reliable coastline, and extremely renewable and reliable energy source. Please consider all this and think on it.