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Wave Energy Resource Analysis for Use in Wave Energy Conversion
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In order to predict the response of wave energy converters an accurate representation of the wave climate resource is crucial. This paper gives an overview of wave resource modeling techniques as well as detailing a methodology for estimating the naturally available and technically recoverable resource in a given location. The methodology was developed by the EPRI and uses a modified Gamma spectrum that interoperates hindcast sea state parameter data produced by NOAA's Wave watch III. This Gamma spectrum is dependent on the calibration of two variables relating to the spectral width parameter and the spectral peakedness parameter. Minor changes were implemented by the author to increase accuracy in formulating wave length. Overall this methodology describes how to asses a given geographic area's wave resource for wave power density and total annual wave energy flux.
Pastor, J.; Liu, Y.; Dou, Y. (2014). Wave Energy Resource Analysis for Use in Wave Energy Conversion. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu); Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu). Available electronically from