Optimization of overtopping wave energy converters by geometry control

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

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Abstract

In this paper, the results of a study on the effects of geometry control on the performance of overtopping wave energy converters with a simple geometry built in coastal structures (simple OWECs) are presented. Empirical formulae, derived based on experimental tests on simple OWECs with varying geometry, are applied to a number of test cases. It appears that adapting the slope angle and crest freeboard of a simple OWEC to the sea states at a specific nearshore location, can result in significant increases in obtained hydraulic power.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st (2011) International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference, ISOPE-2011
Pages606-613
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Sep 19 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event21st International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference, ISOPE-2011 - Maui, HI, United States
Duration: Jun 19 2011Jun 24 2011

Publication series

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

Other

Other21st International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference, ISOPE-2011
CountryUnited States
CityMaui, HI
Period6/19/116/24/11

Keywords

  • Crest freeboard
  • Geometry control
  • Optimal geometry
  • Overtopping
  • Slope angle
  • Wave energy converter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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    Victor, L., Troch, P., & Kofoed, J. P. (2011). Optimization of overtopping wave energy converters by geometry control. In Proceedings of the 21st (2011) International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference, ISOPE-2011 (pp. 606-613). (Proceedings of the International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference).