Characteristics of the wave energy resource at the Atlantic marine energy test site

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dc.contributor.advisor Lewis, Anthony W. en Cahill, Brendan 2013-06-11T13:56:37Z 2013-06-11T13:56:37Z 2013 2013
dc.identifier.citation Cahill, B. 2013. Characteristics of the wave energy resource at the Atlantic marine energy test site. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 208
dc.description.abstract The wave energy industry is progressing towards an advanced stage of development, with consideration being given to the selection of suitable sites for the first commercial installations. An informed, and accurate, characterisation of the wave energy resource is an essential aspect of this process. Ireland is exposed to an energetic wave climate, however many features of this resource are not well understood. This thesis assesses and characterises the wave energy resource that has been measured and modelled at the Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site, a facility for conducting sea trials of floating wave energy converters that is being developed near Belmullet, on the west coast of Ireland. This characterisation process is undertaken through the analysis of metocean datasets that have previously been unavailable for exposed Irish sites. A number of commonly made assumptions in the calculation of wave power are contested, and the uncertainties resulting from their application are demonstrated. The relationship between commonly used wave period parameters is studied, and its importance in the calculation of wave power quantified, while it is also shown that a disconnect exists between the sea states which occur most frequently at the site and those that contribute most to the incident wave energy. Additionally, observations of the extreme wave conditions that have occurred at the site and estimates of future storms that devices will need to withstand are presented. The implications of these results for the design and operation of wave energy converters are discussed. The foremost contribution of this thesis is the development of an enhanced understanding of the fundamental nature of the wave energy resource at the Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site. The results presented here also have a wider relevance, and can be considered typical of other, similarly exposed, locations on Ireland’s west coast. en
dc.description.sponsorship Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology (EMBARK Initiative); Science Foundation Ireland (Charles Parsons Research Award) en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2013, Brendan Cahill en
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dc.subject Wave energy en
dc.subject Extreme waves en
dc.subject Resource characterisation en
dc.subject.lcsh Ocean waves--Atlantic Ocean. en
dc.subject.lcsh Ocean wave power. en
dc.title Characteristics of the wave energy resource at the Atlantic marine energy test site en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PHD (Engineering) en
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dc.contributor.funder Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology en
dc.contributor.funder Science Foundation Ireland en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en Civil Engineering en Hydraulics and Maritime Research Centre en
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