The parametric design of a resonant point absorber, equipped with a fully submerged toroidal shape and connected to a permanent magnet linear generator lying on the seabed, is performed to investigate the effectiveness of the new WEC device in terms of power production and cost of energy. After developing a non-linear time-domain model for the heave, surge and pitch motions of the floating buoy and the vertical motion of the Power Take-Off translator mass, a comparative analysis is performed among a reference WEC device and the new layout. The Annualised Energy Production of the WEC devices is assessed with reference to a candidate deployment site located in the western Mediterranean Sea. The scantling of the tensioned line, connecting the floating buoy to the Power Take-Off unit, is carried out based on both Ultimate and Fatigue Limit State design conditions. Subsequently, the Levelised Cost of Energy is determined and a sensitivity analysis is performed to detect a possible pathway to further reduce the power production costs. Based on current results, the new WEC device seems to be a promising layout to gain the EU target for the marine renewable energy sector that should be reached by 2025.

Parametric design of a resonant point absorber with a fully submerged toroidal shape

Piscopo V.
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Scamardella A.
2021

Abstract

The parametric design of a resonant point absorber, equipped with a fully submerged toroidal shape and connected to a permanent magnet linear generator lying on the seabed, is performed to investigate the effectiveness of the new WEC device in terms of power production and cost of energy. After developing a non-linear time-domain model for the heave, surge and pitch motions of the floating buoy and the vertical motion of the Power Take-Off translator mass, a comparative analysis is performed among a reference WEC device and the new layout. The Annualised Energy Production of the WEC devices is assessed with reference to a candidate deployment site located in the western Mediterranean Sea. The scantling of the tensioned line, connecting the floating buoy to the Power Take-Off unit, is carried out based on both Ultimate and Fatigue Limit State design conditions. Subsequently, the Levelised Cost of Energy is determined and a sensitivity analysis is performed to detect a possible pathway to further reduce the power production costs. Based on current results, the new WEC device seems to be a promising layout to gain the EU target for the marine renewable energy sector that should be reached by 2025.
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