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Wave Power Base Load Properties: A study on wave power base load properties and wind and wave power co-production
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences.
2008 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The increased introduction of renewable energy puts pressure on power producers to level peak loads, since the electrical generation from renewable sources more often than not is of intermittent nature. Good base load properties i.e. smooth and even power production over time is one of the most important characteristic a renewable source can show since that implies that less regulating power is required.

This project examines the base load properties of wave power and compares them to the base load properties of wind power. This is done based on wave data from Islandsberg on the Swedish west coast and on wind and wave data recorded at Horns rev, a large wind power farm of the west coast of Jutland, Denmark. The wave energy converter (WEC) investigated is a point absorber type WEC, similar to the device developed at Uppsala University / Seabased AB.

The results indicate that electrical generation from waves is less fluctuating than generation from winds. Further, wind and wave power co-production would benefit from the time delay in electric wave generation due to that the wind-generated waves continue, after the wind velocities slow down and the wind power output decreases. However, the results also show that Horns rev (and Islandsberg) have rather moderate wave climates and wind-wave co-production would be better balanced inmore energetic wave climates (deeper and/or more exposed waters).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. , 60 p.
UPTEC ES, ISSN 1650-8300 ; 06016
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-162309OAI: diva2:460303
Educational program
Master Programme in Energy Systems Engineering
Available from: 2011-11-30 Created: 2011-11-29 Last updated: 2011-11-30Bibliographically approved

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