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Conclusion

Our hypothesis that wave cycles at a higher frequency and at a higher amplitude will produce  higher electrical voltages, is proven to be true.

Wave energy is produced by placing electric power generators on ocean surfaces. There are several methods such as the Pelamis wave energy converter, Anaconda wave energy converter and the Wave Dragon energy converter. The world’s first wave farm was built off the shores of Portugal using three 750kVA Pelamis wave converters.

Also consider

This science fair project may be repeated, to evaluate the impact of using water of a different density  (eg. sea water). You could also try to make waves by blowing wind across the surface of the water using a large fan, and then changing the direction of the fan.

References

Wave power - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wave_power

Wave power - http://www.alternative-energy-news.info/technology/hydro/wave-power/

Starting to science fair project with wave power - http://www.creative-science.org.uk/wavegen.html 

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Complexity level:
9
Project cost ($):
180
Time required:
2 days to prepare, 1 hour for the science project experiment
Material availability:
Parts required for assembly of our experiment apparatus may be purchased at a hardware/hobby store.
Safety concerns:

Basic safety requirements