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In recent years linear generators have been proposed in several marine applications as a well-suited technology for power generation such as power buoys. Those kinds of buoys could be used as large-scale devices in power plants and as small-size devices in electronic supply as well. In this work a three phase tubular permanent magnet linear generator is analyzed to supply electronic devices such as sensorial buoys with energy scavenging. A soft-computing algorithm based on a finite element method has been developed and a parametric approach is presented in order to provide a first optimization for electronic applications. Numerical results have been reported and discussed in detail.
Date of Conference: 18-20 March 2009