Geometrical optimization for improved power capture of multi-level overtopping based wave energy converters

L. Margheritini, L. Victor, J. P. Kofoed, P. Troch

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Abstract

In multi-level wave energy converters the water from incoming waves is stored in reservoirs one on top of the other. Prevision formula for the overtopping flow rates in the individual reservoirs is fundamental for dimensioning correctly the turbines and optimizing the device. Having a number of reservoirs one on top of each other means that the representative overtopping formulae for coastal structures are not sufficient to describe the phenomena. This paper proposes to describe the dependence of the overtopping on a new parameter which is the horizontal distance between the reservoirs or, in other words, the opening between two consecutive reservoirs. 13 different geometries have been tested in 2D irregular waves and a new formulation for prediction of overtopping in multilevel structures is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Proceedings of the 19th (2009) International OFFSHORE AND POLAR ENGINEERING CONFERENCE
Pages339-344
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event19th (2009) International OFFSHORE AND POLAR ENGINEERING CONFERENCE - Osaka, Japan
Duration: Jun 21 2009Jun 26 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference
ISSN (Print)1098-6189
ISSN (Electronic)1555-1792

Other

Other19th (2009) International OFFSHORE AND POLAR ENGINEERING CONFERENCE
CountryJapan
CityOsaka
Period6/21/096/26/09

Keywords

  • Optimization
  • Overtopping; wave energy converters, 2D testing, irregular waves, crest levels
  • Power capture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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    Margheritini, L., Victor, L., Kofoed, J. P., & Troch, P. (2009). Geometrical optimization for improved power capture of multi-level overtopping based wave energy converters. In The Proceedings of the 19th (2009) International OFFSHORE AND POLAR ENGINEERING CONFERENCE (pp. 339-344). (Proceedings of the International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference).