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

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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 modelling 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 included demonstrate the bi-directional interaction of the array and the network.

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

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