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A novel maximum power point tracking algorithm for ocean wave energy devices

TitleA novel maximum power point tracking algorithm for ocean wave energy devices
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsAmon, E. A., A. A. Schacher, and T. K. A. Brekken
Conference Name2009 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition. ECCE 20092009 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition
Pagination2635 - 2641
Date Published11/2009
PublisherIEEE
Conference LocationSan Jose, CA
Keywordsactive rectifier, data acquisition, maximum power point tracking, power analysis, power electronics, wave energy converter
Abstract

Many forms of renewable energy exist in the world's oceans, with ocean wave energy showing great potential. However, the ocean environment presents many challenges for cost-effective renewable energy conversion, including optimal control of a wave energy converter (WEC). This paper presents a novel maximum power point tracking (MPPT) algorithm for control of a point absorber WEC. The algorithm and control hardware are presented in detail, as well as ocean and laboratory test results. The results show that MPPT applied to ocean wave energy is an effective and promising control strategy.

DOI10.1109/ECCE.2009.5316277