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Fishing Piers Southern California

Huntington Beach Wave Motor Pier — Gone But Not Forgotten

Another Wave Motor

Another wave motor has appeared, this time at Huntington Beach and only on paper, at that. But it is said to involve an entirely new principle and some glittering hopes are entertained by its inventors, Alva L. Reynolds and his brother. They claim to have solved the secret of harnessing the power of the bounding billows. They essay to gather the force from the horizontal motion of waves rather than from the vertical motion, thus doing away with the use of a float—and it has been the wrecking of these floats that has sent many another wave motor to its grave.            

Through so-called vanes that are operated by the ebb and flow of the waves, the energy is transmitted to force pumps connected with a pipe that discharges its contents against a water wheel. When the wheel revolves it operates any kind of mechanism that may be connected with it. Start the wheel and there you are. The only question in the minds of the inventors is as to whether the vanes will work when the waves beat against them. The rest is easy. The test will be made before long. —Los Angeles Times, April 17, 1907

Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach, April 29.—The California Wave Motor Company of Los Angeles intends to install its first plant here, having secured permission of the Huntington Beach Company to use the pier. The company had hoped to have the work well under way by this time, but has been retarded on account of not being able to secure the pump required for this use. This is being made, and doubtless the work of installing the plant will begin soon. —Los Angeles Times, April 30, 1907

To Build Wave Motors At Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach, May 25.—Alva L. Reynolds has been granted permission by Amos A. Fries, to build a pier at this place and build wave motors. He proposes to furnish Huntington Beach with electricity as one of the first results. —Santa Ana Register, May 25, 1909

Power Of Ocean To Be Utilized — Huntington Beach Is First Beneficiary

“If you don’t obstruct navigation, you may draw all the electricity you need from the ocean waves,” is, in effect, the decision of the United States war department. That branch of the federal government upon the approval and recommendation of Captain Amos A. Fries has given permission to Alva L. Reynolds to construct a pier at Huntington Beach and to erect there a series of wave motors which, the inventor believes, will solve the problem of how to make old Neptune do the world’s work.            

Mr. Reynolds says it is now but a matter of a few months before he will make a practical demonstration of his motor and be ready to sell electricity for domestic and commercial purposes. He and hundreds of his friends express belief that the heat, light and power for the comfort, convenience and profit of mankind will be easily extracted from the immeasurable storehouse in the restless ocean.            

“You can imagine nothing that will do more for humanity than an invention that will produce power—and of course, that means heat and light, for a cost so comparatively small that it will be infinitesimal, said Mr. Reynolds.            

“I do not hesitate to say that within five years electricity will comprise 90 per cent of the world’s fuel. There are now in Los Angeles a number of households wherein electricity is used for cooking, heating and lighting. The reason more of this electric apparatus is not used is because of the comparative high price of electricity.            

“The city of Los Angeles pays 9 cents a kilowatt hour for its electricity. Within two years it will not have to pay over 4 cents, and it may pay less. Think what it will mean to the householder. The labor it will save is immeasurable. Factories will turn out products at much lower prices and still retain their profits. Transportation for freight and passengers should be cheaper. There will be very little fuel dug from mines, and oil will be used for lubrication. Petroleum will be used largely for what is now considered by-products.            

“All this power readily will be drawn from the energy of the waves now going to waste. Every city within several hundred miles of a body of water large enough to have a disturbed surface will get its power from the waves. That of course means railways will universally adopt electrical locomotives and abandon the noisy and noisome coal and oil burners.            

“We first intend to furnish electricity to the city of Huntington Beach. Every housewife of that town will throw away her smoky and dangerous oil stove and replace it with the clean, comfortable electric cooker. She will have a big oven with plate glass windows, electrically lighted and heated. There will be no smoke and no ashes in the house. There will be no deaths from asphyxiation from instantaneous gas heaters.  There are a thousand ways in which the fuel of the future will benefit the people. The expense will be trifling compared with the present. To equip a modern house with electric heaters will cost about one-fourth what a furnace now costs. An electric stove does not burn up the oxygen in sleeping rooms. It requires no matches, no fire in the house. Just press the button, or throw a switch, and your cooker, heater or light is doing the work.            

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