A Self-zeroing position controller for oscillating surge wave energy converters with strong asymmetry

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Oscillating surge wave energy converters (OSWECs) offer the possibility to convert ocean wave energy in the near shore region into electricity. One of the unique challenges they present is that the forces experienced in each direction differ. The curved geometry of the CCell device exaggerates this difference. Presented in this paper is a novel method of dealing with this difference which does not rely on high buoyancy within the paddle but, instead, variations in the control signals. This reduces the likelihood and severity of end stop collisions , resulting in improved survivability and reduced lifetime costs without increasing the volume and cost of the device. The algorithm presented may further be used to compensate for individual manufacturing tolerances or deterioration to OSWECs whilst in operation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-151
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Ocean Engineering and Marine Energy
Issue number2
Early online date21 Feb 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018



  • Asymmetric wave loading
  • Non-linear
  • Oscillating surge wave energy converter
  • Power take-off control
  • Wave energy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Ocean Engineering

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