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Control parametric resonance of wave energy conversion systems

Project description

Converting a con to a pro

Relative to other renewable energy sources, waves are consistent and predictable and have high energy density. Their tremendous potential and kinetic energy can be converted to electrical energy via wave energy converters (WECs), which typically use floating or submerged structures to capture ocean waves. However, WECs face a technical challenge due to a phenomenon called parametric resonance, where energy in the primary capture mode (e.g. up and down motion) is transferred into other modes, such as rotational ones. This causes potential instability and decreases efficiency. Rather than trying to dampen this energy transfer, as other WEC systems do, the EU-funded CONPARA project is planning to harness it for an extra boost of energy.

Coordinator

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND MAYNOOTH
Net EU contribution
€ 196 590,72
Address
Co Kildare
W23 Maynooth
Ireland

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Region
Ireland Eastern and Midland Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00