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Preliminary design of the OWEL wave energy converter pre-commercial demonstrator
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Electricity.
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2014 (English)In: Renewable energy, ISSN 0960-1481, Vol. 61, no 0, 51-56 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The consortium responsible for the next stage of development of the OWEL wave energy converter will construct and test a large scale, pre-commercial demonstrator. It is expected that this will be installed at Wave Hub during 2013 and grid connected for a testing period lasting around 12 months. This paper reports on the preliminary design work being undertaken in the development of the marine demonstration device. This concentrates primarily on producing a fully costed design by detailing the hydraulic design and aspects of stability as well as providing insight into various design features such as the power take-off, naval architecture, moorings and control. The design is being largely informed by the results of a 15 month research project funded by the South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA) in which the performance was determined and a detailed techno-economic model for a large scale OWEL device was generated.

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2014. Vol. 61, no 0, 51-56 p.
Keyword [en]
Wave energy, Pre-commercial demonstrator design, Wave Hub, Physical model testing
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Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
Research subject
Engineering Science with specialization in Science of Electricity
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-222364DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2012.08.019OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-222364DiVA: diva2:711571
Available from: 2014-04-10 Created: 2014-04-10 Last updated: 2014-07-17

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