Advances in the Design of the Oyster Wave Energy Converter

Alan Henry, Kenneth Doherty, Lachlan Cameron, Trevor Whittaker, Ronan Doherty

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Abstract

This short paper, structured in 3 distinct sections will touch on some of the key features of the Oyster wave energy device and its recent development. The first section discusses the nature of the resource in the nearshore environment,
some common misunderstandings in relation to it and its suitability for exploitation of commercial wave energy. In the second section a brief description of some of the fundamentals governing flap type devices is given. This serves to emphasise core differences between the Oyster device and other devices. Despite the simplicity of the design and the operation of the device itself, it is shown that Oyster occupies a theoretical space which is substantially outside most established theories and axioms in wave energy. The third section will give a short summary of the recent developments in the design of the Oyster 2 project and touch on how its enhanced features deal with some of the key commercial and technical challenges present in the sector.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventMarine Renewable and Offshore Wind Energy Conference, Royal Institution of Naval Architects - RINA, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 21 Jul 201023 Jul 2010

Conference

ConferenceMarine Renewable and Offshore Wind Energy Conference, Royal Institution of Naval Architects
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period21/07/201023/07/2010

Keywords

  • Oyster
  • Wave Energy Converter
  • oscillating wave surge converter

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    Henry, A., Doherty, K., Cameron, L., Whittaker, T., & Doherty, R. (2010). Advances in the Design of the Oyster Wave Energy Converter. Paper presented at Marine Renewable and Offshore Wind Energy Conference, Royal Institution of Naval Architects, London, United Kingdom.