A Fully Coupled Wave-to-Wire Model of an Array of Wave Energy Converters

David I. M. Forehand, Aristides E. Kiprakis, Anup J. Nambiar, A. Robin Wallace

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Abstract / Description of output

This paper describes a fully coupled, wave-to-wire time-domain model that can simulate the hydrodynamic, mechanical, and electrical response of an array of wave energy converters. Arrays of any configuration can be simulated to explore both the effects of the array on the electricity network and of network events on the devices within the array. State-space modeling of the hydrodynamic radiation forces enables fast and accurate prediction of the interacting response of multiple devices, including the effects of wave climate, control strategies, and network power flow. Case studies include the demonstration of the bidirectional interaction of the array and the network.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118 - 128
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy
Issue number1
Early online date28 Sept 2015
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2016

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Wave power, Time-domain analysis, Hydrodynamics, State-space methods, Power conversion.


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