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Advances and Challenges in Ocean Wave Energy Harvesting

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The global ocean wave energy resource has significant potential, considering that approximately 70.8% of the earth surface is covered by the sea. However, the technology of harvesting energy from waves is still in an early stage of development and therefore, too immature to be widely applied. The complexity ...

The global ocean wave energy resource has significant potential, considering that approximately 70.8% of the earth surface is covered by the sea. However, the technology of harvesting energy from waves is still in an early stage of development and therefore, too immature to be widely applied. The complexity comes from the assessment of vast resource distributions, the design of appropriate energy converters, and the utilization of potential power from the resources. In particular, extreme sea climates are a key factor challenging the construction, operation, and maintenance of converter systems. Moreover, the high variability of wave properties leads to difficulty in integrating power from large arrays of devices into the electricity grid. For these reasons, based upon our existing knowledge, innovative, intelligent and cost-effective methods and tools must be developed and systematized, in order to design every aspect of these converter systems and evaluate their performance at various stages.

The primary focus of this Research Topic is the fundamental science and practical technology necessary to develop a profound and systematic methodology for harvesting wave energy. Manuscripts addressing theoretical, numerical and experimental modeling techniques are all welcome. Comparative studies, mini- or comprehensive reviews, commentaries, perspectives and opinion papers are also welcome.

Manuscripts within the scopes of (but not limited to) the following subtopics will be of particular interest:

1) Assessment of wave energy resources in specific local regions
2) Numerical modeling of wave energy converters in isolation or arrays
3) Analytic techniques in performance evaluation of wave energy converters
4) Blueprints and development of hybrid converter systems between wave and other energy resources (e.g., wind, tidal and/or solar, etc.)
5) Methods, strategy and approaches for controlling wave energy converter systems
6) Design and dynamic analysis of a station-keeping mooring system
7) Laboratory tank experiments and demonstration field tests


Keywords: wave energy, wave farm, floating converter system, hybrid energy converters, control strategy, numerical modeling


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