The Fair Evaluation of Wave Energy Converters

Jian Tan, Henk Polinder, Peter Wellens

Abstract

In this paper, a fair evaluation method of WECs ( Wave Energy Converters) is established based on frequency domain simulation. In this fair evaluation, size optimization and downsizing of PTO (Power Take-Off) capacity are included to minimize the Cost of Energy for the concerned wave location. Based on this fair evaluation, a techno-economic evaluation of a generic point absorber is conducted for a specific wave location, and two different control strategies of PTO are considered. The results show that this fair evaluation method can contribute for a specific wave location, and two different control strategies of PTO are considered. The results show that this fair evaluation method can contribute to the improvement of techno-economic performance of WECs. Furthermore, a comparison amond three different size optimization methods of WECs is performed.

Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/OMAE2020-18427

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