Site-specific wave energy conversion performance of an oscillating water column device

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dc.contributor.authorLópez, Iván
dc.contributor.authorCarballo, Rodrigo
dc.contributor.authorIglesias, Gregorio
dc.contributor.funderConsellería de Cultura, Educación e Ordenación Universitaria, Xunta de Galiciaen
dc.date.accessioned2019-05-24T11:18:42Z
dc.date.available2019-05-24T11:18:42Z
dc.date.issued2019-05-16
dc.date.updated2019-05-24T11:11:24Z
dc.description.abstractThe energy conversion performance of oscillating water column (OWC) wave energy converters at a specific site is often studied by means of analytical models. Based on linear theory, these models lose accuracy when viscous losses and turbulence become significant—more generally, when nonlinear effects play a role, as they often do in real operating conditions. In this work we apply a novel methodology based on a combination of numerical modelling and laboratory tests to investigate OWC performance without these shortcomings. First, high-resolution wave resource characterisation matrices are obtained by means of numerical modelling. Second, the resource matrices are combined with the OWC efficiency matrices obtained through laboratory tests and, importantly, including the effects of turbine-induced damping and air compressibility—usually disregarded in small-scale laboratory tests, but relevant for full-size (prototype) devices. The combined matrices thus obtained express, through a wave height-period distribution, the energy captured by the OWC for different values of the damping coefficient. On this basis, developers can select the most appropriate value of turbine-induced damping for a given site, based on performance values. The implementation of the novel methodology is illustrated through a case study in Galicia (NW Spain), in which three deployment sites are considered. We find that the turbine-induced damping must be matched to the wave climate of the site for an OWC device to achieve high performance; indeed, changes in damping cause variations in the total annual energy captured of up to 11%, which increase to 25% for specific sea states.en
dc.description.sponsorshipConsellería de Cultura, Educación e Ordenación Universitaria, Xunta de Galicia (Postdoctoral Grant ED481B 2016/125-0)en
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden
dc.description.versionAccepted Versionen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.citationLópez, I., Carballo, R. and Iglesias, G. (2019) 'Site-specific wave energy conversion performance of an oscillating water column device', Energy Conversion and Management, 195, pp. 457-465. doi: 10.1016/j.enconman.2019.05.030en
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.enconman.2019.05.030en
dc.identifier.endpage465en
dc.identifier.issn0196-8904
dc.identifier.journaltitleEnergy Conversion and Managementen
dc.identifier.startpage457en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10468/7976
dc.identifier.volume195en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevier Ltd.en
dc.relation.urihttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0196890419305771
dc.rights© 2019, Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This manuscript version is made available under the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license.en
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en
dc.subjectWave energyen
dc.subjectCharacterisation matricesen
dc.subjectOWCen
dc.subjectAir compressibilityen
dc.subjectPhysical modellingen
dc.subjectCapture width ratioen
dc.titleSite-specific wave energy conversion performance of an oscillating water column deviceen
dc.typeArticle (peer-reviewed)en
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