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Offshore wave power measurements: a review
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Electricity.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Electricity.
2011 (English)In: Renewable & sustainable energy reviews, ISSN 1364-0321, E-ISSN 1879-0690, Vol. 15, no 9, 4274-4285 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The first wave power patent was filed in 1799. Since then, hundreds of ideas for extraction of energy from ocean waves have surfaced. In the process of developing a concept, it is important to learn from previous successes and failures, and this is not least important when moving into the ocean. In this paper, a review has been made with the purpose of finding wave power projects that have made ocean trials, and that also have reported what has been measured during the trials, and how it has been measured.

In relation to how many projects have done work on wave power, surprisingly few have reported on such measurements. There can be many reasons for this, but one is likely the great difficulties in working with experiments in an ocean environment. Many of the projects have reported on sensor failures, unforeseen events, and other general problems in making measurements at sea.

The most common site measurement found in this review was wave height. Such measurements was almost universal, although the technologies used differed somewhat. The most common device measurements were electric voltages and/or currents and system pressures (air and water). Device motion and mooring forces were also commonly measured. The motion measurements differed the most between the projects, and many varying methods were used, such as accelerometers, wire sensors, GPS systems, optical systems and echo sounders.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2011. Vol. 15, no 9, 4274-4285 p.
Keyword [en]
Wave power, Measurement system, Offshore
National Category
Energy Engineering
Research subject
Engineering Science with specialization in Science of Electricity
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-160081DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2011.07.123ISI: 000298764400006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-160081DiVA: diva2:448194
Available from: 2012-01-09 Created: 2011-10-14 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved
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1. Buoy and Generator Interaction with Ocean Waves: Studies of a Wave Energy Conversion System
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Buoy and Generator Interaction with Ocean Waves: Studies of a Wave Energy Conversion System
2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

On March 13th, 2006, the Division of Electricity at Uppsala University deployed its first wave energy converter, L1, in the ocean southwest of Lysekil. L1 consisted of a buoy at the surface, connected through a line to a linear generator on the seabed. Since the deployment, continuous investigations of how L1 works in the waves have been conducted, and several additional wave energy converters have been deployed.

This thesis is based on ten publications, which focus on different aspects of the interaction between wave, buoy, and generator. In order to evaluate different measurement systems, the motion of the buoy was measured optically and using accelerometers, and compared to measurements of the motion of the movable part of the generator - the translator. These measurements were found to correlate well. Simulations of buoy and translator motion were found to match the measured values.

The variation of performance of L1 with changing water levels, wave heights, and spectral shapes was also investigated. Performance is here defined as the ratio of absorbed power to incoming power. It was found that the performance decreases for large wave heights. This is in accordance with the theoretical predictions, since the area for which the stator and the translator overlap decreases for large translator motions. Shifting water levels were predicted to have the same effect, but this could not be seen as clearly.

The width of the wave energy spectrum has been proposed by some as a factor that also affects the performance of a wave energy converter, for a set wave height and period. Therefore the relation between performance and several different parameters for spectral width was investigated. It was found that some of the parameters were in fact correlated to performance, but that the correlation was not very strong.

As a background on ocean measurements in wave energy, a thorough literature review was conducted. It turns out that the Lysekil project is one of quite few projects that have published descriptions of on-site wave energy measurements.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2011. 52 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 872
Keyword
Wave power, Measurement systems, Marine technology, Energy conversion, Renewable energy, Energy absorption, Wave resource, Oceanic engineering, Linear generators, Point absorbers, Sea trials, Camera systems, Accelerometers, Offshore experiments
National Category
Energy Engineering Marine Engineering Energy Systems Ocean and River Engineering
Research subject
Engineering Science with specialization in Science of Electricity
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-160085 (URN)978-91-554-8192-6 (ISBN)
Public defence
2011-12-02, Häggsalen, Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2011-11-11 Created: 2011-10-14 Last updated: 2012-01-09Bibliographically approved

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