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Development and testing of a point absorber wave energy conversion device

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3 Author(s)
J. W. Foster ; Ocean and Resources, Engineering, Unviersity of Hawaii at Manoa, 2540 Dole Street Holmes 402, Honolulu, HI, 96822 USA ; P. Garambois ; R. Ghorbani

Wave energy conversion as a means for small scale energy production is approaching commercial viability. This paper presents the undergoing development of a wave energy conversion device at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The device is a three part point absorber with two buoys, one floating and absorbing incoming waves; the other maintaining tension on the third mechanism, the submerged power-take-off unit. This design is discussed as three concept configurations for WEC construction. The analytical solution is developed, and the buoys response is computed due to a selected and analyzed sea-state.

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OCEANS 2011 IEEE - Spain

Date of Conference:

6-9 June 2011