The effect of model inaccuracy and move-blocking on the performance of a wave-to-wire wave energy converter , under economic predictive control

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O'Sullivan, Adrian C. M.
Lightbody, Gordon
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In this paper, an economic Model Predictive Control (MPC) is used to investigate the effects that arise from the model mismatch between the control and the system. It is shown that the average electrical power is affected by the modelling discrepancies, but that the performance is still acceptable. A move-blocking technique is incorporated into the structure of the control horizon of the MPC, where the move-blocking decreases the computational burden whilst maintaining system performance, hence drastically reducing the optimisation solving time. The MPC with the move-blocking incorporated is then tested on the most significant mismatch, where it is shown that the control horizon of the MPC can be drastically reduced while maintaining system performance.
Model predictive control , Electrical optimisation , System mismatch , System Robustness , Wave energy , Wave energy converters
O’Sullivan A. C. M. and Lightbody G. (2017) 'The Effect of Model Inaccuracy and Move-blocking on the Performance of a Wave-to-wire Wave Energy Converter, under Economic Predictive Control', 12th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC), Cork, Ireland, 27 August - 1 September.
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