Wave-to-wire simulation of hydraulic wave energy converter

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This paper introduces the simulation of a wave-to-wire (W2W) wave energy converter (WEC) design that includes the complete system from the original wave capture device to the final generated electricity supplied to the grid. Instead of designing the sub-systems separately, this holistic approach allows the optimization of the WEC performance. The Energy Capture Device (ECD), the absorption stage, is based on heaving theory, namely a point absorber. The Power Take-Off (PTO) system, the transmission stage, is based upon a hydrostatic transmission. Lastly the WIRE side, the generation stage, is achieved by connecting a three-phase round-rotor synchronous generator driven by the hydraulic motor from the PTO system. The control strategy primarily aims to meet the criteria of the grid while extracting as much energy from the waves as possible.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASME/BATH 2017 Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control, FPMC 2017
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780791858332
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventASME/BATH 2017 Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control, FPMC 2017 - Sarasota, USA United States
Duration: 16 Oct 201719 Oct 2017


ConferenceASME/BATH 2017 Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control, FPMC 2017
Country/TerritoryUSA United States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Control and Systems Engineering


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