Efficient WEC Array Buoy Placement optimization with Multi-Resonance Control of the Electrical Power Take-off for Improved Performance

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Conference Proceeding

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Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics


An array of Wave Energy Converters (WEC) is required to supply a significant power level to the grid. However, the control and optimization of such an array is still an open research question. This paper analyzes two aspects that have a significant impact on the power production. First the spacing of the buoys in a WEC array will be analyzed to determine the optimal shift between the buoys in an array. Then the wave force interacting with the buoys will be angled to create additional sequencing between the electrical signals. A cost function is proposed to minimize the power variation and energy storage while maximizing the delivered energy to the onshore point of common coupling to the electrical grid.

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OCEANS 2022, Hampton Roads