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Maximum Power Point Tracking for Ocean Wave Energy Conversion

TitleMaximum Power Point Tracking for Ocean Wave Energy Conversion
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsAmon, E. A., T. K. A. Brekken, and A. A. Schacher
JournalIEEE Transactions on Industry Applications
Pagination1079 - 1086
Date Published05/2012
Keywordsmarine technology, maximum power point tracking, MPPT, ocean wave energy, power control, power generation

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 maximum power point tracking (MPPT) algorithm for control of a point absorber WEC. The algorithm and testing hardware are presented in detail, as well as simulated and laboratory test results. The results show that MPPT applied to ocean wave energy is an effective and promising control strategy.

Short TitleIEEE Trans. on Ind. Applicat.