Lift-based wave energy converters – an analysis of their potential. Folley, M. and Whittaker, T. In 13th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference, 2019.
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Although there is significant wave energy available world-wide, after almost 50 years of research and development no commercially successful technology has been developed. There are multiple potential reasons for this lack of clear progress, but it is suggested that one of these is the limited focus of the research in this area, which has focused on technologies based on buoyancy and diffraction forces. The need to investigate the use of lift forces for wave energy extraction is identified as deserving additional focus due to its different characteristics. A classification of concepts for lift-based wave energy converters is developed and used to assess the concepts that have been developed in this area. This classification is based on the method to create circulation required to generate lift forces and the motion of the body. A lift-based wave energy converter that uses a hydrofoil and continuous motion is identified as currently most promising. A further classification is also used to identify potential implementations of this configuration based on methods of controlling the rotation and circulation for operation in irregular waves. The paper concludes with a discussion of potential developments in this area.
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 abstract = {Although there is significant wave energy available world-wide, after almost 50 years of research and development no commercially successful technology has been developed. There are multiple potential reasons for this lack of clear progress, but it is suggested that one of these is the limited focus of the research in this area, which has focused on technologies based on buoyancy and diffraction forces. The need to investigate the use of lift forces for wave energy extraction is identified as deserving additional focus due to its different characteristics. A classification of concepts for lift-based wave energy converters is developed and used to assess the concepts that have been developed in this area. This classification is based on the method to create circulation required to generate lift forces and the motion of the body. A lift-based wave energy converter that uses a hydrofoil and continuous motion is identified as currently most promising. A further classification is also used to identify potential implementations of this configuration based on methods of controlling the rotation and circulation for operation in irregular waves. The paper concludes with a discussion of potential developments in this area.},
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 author = {Folley, Matt and Whittaker, Trevor},
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