The effect of water depth on the performance of a small surging wave energy converter

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Abstract

The effect of water depth on the performance of a small surging wave energy converter (WEC) is investigated analytically, numerically and experimentally. It is shown that although the average annual incident wave power is significantly reduced by water depth, a large proportion of this reduction is due to the dissipation of highly energetic, but largely unexploitable seas. It is also shown that the power capture is related more closely to incident wave force than incident wave power. Experimental results demonstrate that both the surge wave force and power capture of a flap-type WEC increase in shallow water.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1265-1274
Number of pages10
JournalOcean Engineering
Volume34 (8-9)
Issue number8-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007

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