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Economically Efficient Floating Device for Wave Power Conversion into Electricity; Phase I: Mathematical & Physical Model Testing - LABBUOY, Final Report

Project ID: ENK6-CT-2001-00500
Funded under: FP5-EESD

Abstract

The LabBuoy project concerned model testing of a novel, on shore operating wave power converter. The converter is of the floating type, the power transmission and power conversion systems being mounted above still water level on solid fundament (breakwater or pier). This architecture yields increased power production due to wave reflection on the breakwater frontage, and high reliability and operational safety. The central objectives of the project have been:
1) development of reliable numerical simulation models to be used for system design and loads prediction, valid for various representative wave climates met along the European coast line;
2) validation of the mathematical models and verification of the applicability of the technology by experiments in small scale in a wave tank;
3) elaboration of sophisticated system configuration for maximum power absorption, production and reliability;
4) assessment of feasibility, socio-economic and environmental impact of the technology for representative sea states in Europe

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