Wave energy extraction in Scotland through an improved nearshore Wave Atlas

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Abstract

Wave energy is expected to play an important role in the forthcoming years
for the de-carbonisation of Scottish and British electricity production. This
study underlines the importance of resource assessment and attempts to improve the quantifiable wave power resource, with use of a validated numerical
model. While levels of wave flux are high for an area that may not always
constitute the best option for wave energy applications. In this study, a
long-term hindcast for the Scottish coastlines run from 2004-2014 (11 years)
improving the existing wave maps and resource estimations. Spatial and
physical considerations of a third generation spectral model allow examination
at locations of immediate interest for the ocean energy community.
Utilising numerical wave models of ner resolution allows for the detailed
coupling of potential wave energy converters (WECs) and site characterization.
Such detail energy results allow for improved financial analysis that
take into account the severity of local resource and its energy potential.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64–83
JournalInternational Journal of Marine Energy
Volume17
Early online date13 Jan 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017

Keywords

  • Wave energy
  • Resource assessment
  • Capacity factors
  • Site characterisation

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