Energy Capture Optimization for an Adaptive Wave Energy Converter

Barradas Berglind, J. D. J., Meijer, H., van Rooij, M., Clemente Pinol, S., Galvan Garcia, B., Prins, W., Vakis, A. I. & Jayawardhana, B. 2016 Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Renewable Energies Offshore - RENEW 2016. CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 171-178 7 p.

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Wave energy has great potential as a renewable energy source, and can therefore contribute significantly to the proportion of renewable energy in the global energy mix. This is especially important since energy mixes with high renewable penetration have become a worldwide priority. One solution to facilitate such goals is to harvest the latent untapped energy of the ocean waves and convert it into electrical energy. A device performing such a task is known as a wave energy converter (WEC). In the present work, we focus on a specific type of WEC, which has the advantages of both significant energy storage capabilities, and adaptability to extract energy from the whole spectrum of ocean waves. This WEC consists of an array of point absorber devices, comprising adaptable piston-type hydraulic pumps powered by interconnected floaters, whose target is to extract optimally the energy from waves of varying heights and periods. Two different cases are considered in this paper; namely, the analysis of the energy extraction in a simplified floater blanket, and a model predictive control strategy to maximize the extracted energy of the WEC.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Renewable Energies Offshore - RENEW 2016
PublisherCRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2016
EventRENEW 2016 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 24-Oct-201628-Oct-2016


ConferenceRENEW 2016


RENEW 2016


Lisbon, Portugal

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