Dam-Atoll—The Opportunity!

A Future So Bright For Ocean Systems You Will Need Sunglasses.

Much work remains to be done. The 1/100 working scale model you can see in the video here does not employ the mathematically optimal shape for the dome. Nor does does it use an optimally designed diffuser. Even without these, however, it achieved a 25% efficiency in energy conversion. This success shows the incredible potential for Dam-Atoll in the alternative energy arena.

The patent for Dam-Atoll is now in the public domain.

The original assignee of the patent, a certain aircraft company in whose acoustics lab Dam-Atoll was invented, did not have developing Ocean Systems as a core competence. Some rather unfortunate corporate politics also came into play. Consequently, Lockheed was unable/unwilling to complete the next step: building a full-scale working prototype. This creates an opportunity for any organization wanting to invest in the alternative energy arena—certainly a growing field! Any such organization would gain a head start over the competition, first, by building a scale model of Dam-Atoll using the optimal dome shape and diffuser, and second, building a full-scale prototype. The development of Ocean Wave Energy systems in inevitable, given the problems that fossil fuels pose—both in terms of their declining quantity in the face of increasing demand, and in terms of their horrific side effects. The time to start serious development of these systems is now.

Leslie Wirt, the inventor, is available here for lectures

on the basic concepts behind Dam-Atoll. These lectures are adjusted to the degree of sophistication and the interests of the audience. In the event that a serious company, governmental agency, or venture capitalist emerges, Leslie Wirt offers consulting services that are certain to facilitate the development of full-scale hardware in minimal time and with minimal cost.(next)

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Best And Most Concise Description Of Dam-Atoll

The damndest thing that ever came out of an acoustics lab

Fermat's Principle

The Patent for Dam-Atoll is now in the public domain

The Name Dam-Atoll Tells How It Extracts Ocean Wave Energy

Dam-Atoll An Amalgam Of the Concepts Dam And Atoll

Dams And Kinetic, Potential, and Mechanical Energy

River As Kinetic Energy

Kinetic Energy Transformed To Potential Energy

Potential Energy Transformed Back To Kinetic Energy

Kinetic Energy Turned Into Mechanical Energy

An Atoll Bends And Refracts The Approaching Wave

Wave Velocity

Wave Refraction

When the submerged atoll is dome-shaped, it refracts the wave path to its center

The exact shape of the atoll's dome is critical

the atoll acts as a kind of lense concentrating the wave energy

A Wave's Potential Energy Gets Changed To Kinetic Energy By An Atoll

A wave is nothing but energy

Waves And Potential And Kinetic Energy

A deep-water ocean wave is always half potential and half kinetic energy

Wave is all kinetic energy when it breaks on the center of the atoll

Changing A Wave's Kinetic Energy To Mechanical Energy By Means Of A Vortex


Vortex is a fluid flywheel

Dam-Atoll, Vortex, Guide Vanes

This in sum is how Dam-Atoll works

Smoothing out the succession of wave pulses

Advantages Over The Other Ocean Wave Energy Extraction Devices

Dam-Atoll has only one moving part

Thus Dam-Atoll loses no energy in monkey motion

Monkey motion

Competing Ocean Wave Energy Extraction Devices are monkey motion machines

Energy Efficiency

Diffuser Important To Energy Efficiency

Mathematically Optimal Shape Of Dome Crucial To Energy Efficiency

A Future So Bright For Ocean Systems You Will Need Sunglasses

The Patent for Dam-Atoll is now in the public domain

The Opportunity

Leslie Wirt is available for lectures

Leslie Wirt offers consulting services

Video of working scale model of Dam-Atoll

Dam-Atoll Patent

Michael McCormick's Comments On Dam-Atoll

John Isaac's Comments On Dam-Atoll

Links To Books, Articles, And Web Sites Mentioning Dam-Atoll

Excerpts From Scattering And Absorption Of Surface Waves By Arthur's Island

Future Prospects For Dam-Atoll

Dam-Atoll Humor


About the inventor of Dam-Atoll, Leslie S. Wirt

Contact Leslie Wirt


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