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A Methodology for Large-Scale Ocean Wave Power Time-Series Generation

TitleA Methodology for Large-Scale Ocean Wave Power Time-Series Generation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsBrekken, T. K. A., T. H. Ozkan-Haller, and A. Simmons
JournalIEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering
Pagination294 - 300
Date Published04/2012
Keywordsmarine technology, power generation planning, power system modeling, power system reliability

Ocean wave power is characterized by high power density, and wave forecasts can predict incident wave energy days in advance. These qualities make ocean wave power a promising renewable energy source. In the near future, utility-scale wave energy conversion arrays will likely be installed. However, little is currently known on the impact of large wave energy conversion (WEC) facilities on utility operation and planning. In this paper, a methodology is developed for generating WEC array power time series that can be used for wave power utility integration purposes. Sample results show that the methodology produces first-order approximations of WEC array outputs and demonstrate that significant smoothing of the total wave power output from an array can be expected.

Short TitleIEEE J. Oceanic Eng.