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A simulation study is conducted to assess the feasibility of a Wave Energy Converter Power Electronic Converter architecture to achieve a four quadrant torque demand resulting from an active control strategy. The system consists of four induction generators controlled by three phase inverters, a DC bus with short term energy storage provided by supercapacitors and batteries, and an active rectifier to control the DC bus voltage and provide AC power to the grid. The components are realistically modelled and it is shown that the torque and speed requirements of the active control strategy can be achieved and that the electrical energy storage can provide required reactive power on a wave-by-wave time scale and longer term energy supply during a lull in wave excitation. The WaveSub WEC is used as a target device in order to make a meaningful study with realistic inputs. However the architecture of the PEC system is applicable to any device with a bi-directional rotary PTO requiring four-quadrant active control at the generators. Furthermore the PEC architecture and simulation model are readily expandable to arrays of wave energy converters.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 Offshore Energy and Storage Summit, OSES 2019
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781728123172
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2019
Event2019 Offshore Energy and Storage Summit, OSES 2019 - Brest, France
Duration: 10 Jul 201912 Jul 2019

Publication series

Name2019 Offshore Energy and Storage Summit, OSES 2019


Conference2019 Offshore Energy and Storage Summit, OSES 2019


  • Active Control
  • Power Electronic Conversion
  • Power Take-Off
  • Wave Energy Converter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Oceanography
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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