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Designing, Building and Testing a Wave Energy Converter with Control System

Käo, S. (2014) Designing, Building and Testing a Wave Energy Converter with Control System.

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Abstract:Climate change has led to the development of many renewable energy technologies. One of these technologies is wave energy, which is making great progress in becoming commercially feasible. One of the options to further improve the energy extraction from waves is to actively optimize some of the parameters of the wave energy converter. To do this a control system is required. A scale model of a wave energy converter is designed and built for testing in a wave tank. For optimizing the wave energy converter a spring system and a dynamo with adjustable damping is designed and built. The wave energy converter with the adjustable devices is tested in a wave tank. The optimization is performed in a manual fashion. Results show that adjusting these parameters for a chosen sea state leads to an increased power extraction. Recommendations and ideas are given for building a control system which works in automated fashion
Item Type:Internship Report (Master)
Deltares, the Netherlands
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:52 mechanical engineering
Programme:Sustainable Energy Technology MSc (60443)
Keywords:Wave energy converter, Control system, Optimizing, Experimental setup, Wave tank
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