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Moment-based nonlinear energy-maximising optimal control of wave energy systems to secure a renewable future


Den Weg für die erfolgreiche Kommerzialisierung der Technologie der Wellenenergiekonverter ebnen

Meereswellen können zur Deckung des weltweiten Energiebedarfs und zum Aufbau einer kohlenstoffarmen Energiegesellschaft beitragen. Obwohl sie über ein außerordentliches Potenzial verfügen, haben sich die Wellenenergiekonverter bisher nicht erfolgreich vermarkten lassen. Entscheidend für Fortschritte in diesem Bereich ist eine geeignete Steuerungstechnologie. In diesem Zusammenhang zielt das EU-finanzierte Projekt DESTINY darauf ab, die Steuerungstechnologie für Wellenenergiekonverter mit einem innovativen und zuverlässigen Rahmen für nichtlineare optimale Steuerung voranzutreiben. Damit wird den Interessengruppen in den Bereichen Meerestechnik und Wellenenergie ein Werkzeug zur Verfügung gestellt, das der Technologie der Wellenenergiekonverter zu wirtschaftlicher Tragfähigkeit verhelfen kann.


Ocean wave energy is a massive and untapped resource, which can make a valuable contribution towards a sustainable, global, energy mix. Despite the fact that ocean waves are a vast resource, wave energy converters (WECs) have yet to make significant progress towards commercialisation. A fundamental stepping stone to achieve this objective is the availability of appropriate optimal control technology, such that energy conversion is performed as economically as possible, minimising the delivered energy cost, and operating across a wide range of ocean conditions.

This project will greatly advance WEC control technology by providing a novel and reliable nonlinear optimal control framework for WECs, based on the mathematical concept of moments. Such a framework will feature an accurate nonlinear description of the physics associated with the wave energy extraction process, optimally maximising energy absorption for single devices and array configurations, and exhibiting real-time capabilities. This will provide all stakeholders in the ocean engineering and wave energy fields with a fundamental and easily-accessible tool to facilitate reaching economic viability of wave energy technology. This project is comprised of 4 scientific work packages, which accomplish: (1) generalisation of the control framework for a large class of nonlinear control- and wave-dependent effects, (2) experimental validation of the control strategy, (3) extension to WEC arrays, and (4) release of an open-source software. In addition, this fellowship will expand the career horizons of the fellow through a highly multidisciplinary plan, building upon and extending beyond his current competencies. The fellow is well-positioned to undertake this project, allowing him to fully develop innovative concepts from his PhD research. This fellowship will provide the fellow with an unparalleled opportunity to grow as a scientist and engineer, launching him on a trajectory to a productive scientific career.


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