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The Wave-Power System

Mr Thomas A. Bond, the inventor of the wave.-power system at Ocean Grove, New Jersey whore gales suspended from piles are used to develop power from the action of the waves, has a farm in Virginia, near Washington. Tv a recent conversation ■with a reporter of the "Washington Post,'' Mr Bond said : '■ We used those gates last, year to raise salt water to use for sprinkling purposes. The pressure averaged from 5001b to 8001b to the square inch, I know these power gates are possibilities, and, while they may not have created "wonder, they certainly have created surprise that anything so .simple should not have been used before, i believe that within five years all the little fresh water lakes along the Jersoy coast will be changed into salt water and kept so by the motive power of the waves. At present they arc little better than open sewers, receiving their supply from the swampy land adjoining the towns in which tho lakes have been artiticially made, Wesloy Lake, at Ocean Grove, in so foul that but few of the residents avail themselves of its boating pleasures. To make it a saltwater body would add ]00,000dols to tho value of tho oiby. The neer future will find the streets. in all the seashore cities sprinkled with salt water. Id costs practically nothing, and is more effective m laying the dust. As to electric lighting by this power, the direct power from the waves is not a steady one. Last year I developed from

one wooden gate a power equalling the raising of 60001bs 3ft every six seconds, some days I could raise 20,000 in six seconds, and other days but very little. The most satisfactory result is that so far no storm has displaced the gate." Mr Bond had a .photograph of a large lemon-shaped float, which had never been adjusted. It is made of iron, and will weigh 40001bs when in the water. Work will be begun shortly on the new device, and 40001bs lifting force will be developed from the ordinary swells of the ocean against the gate.

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The Wave-Power System, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2446, 20 June 1890

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The Wave-Power System Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2446, 20 June 1890

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