High-end computational modelling for wave energy systems

Id:
4

Funder:
Science Foundation Ireland

Title:
High-end computational modelling for wave energy systems

Coordinator:
Dias Frederic

Organisation:
University College Dublin (UCD)

Country:
IRELAND

SRIA Themes:
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Start Date:
01/02/2011

End Date:
01/01/2016

Summary:
The research will focus on renewable energy, in particular marine energy derived from ocean waves. While wind energy now is a reality, with, at the end of 2009, a nominal capacity of wind-powered generators of 160 gigawatts (GW) worldwide and a rapid growth – it doubled between 2005 and 2008 – marine renewable energies lag behind these developments. The goal of this proposal is the study, both analytic and computational, of wave impact on Wave Energy Converters (WECs) and of arrays of WECs, adapted to the Irish situation. In order to validate the modelling approach that will be taken, the proposed project will be undertaken in partnership with Aquamarine Power Ltd., the company that has developed the Oyster device, one of the world’s largest working hydroelectric WEC (at the time of application), with a target of 110 megawatts (MW) installed in Ireland by 2020.

Keywords:
Marine energy; Ocean energy; Wave energy converters; Sustainability