Experimental Study of the Weptos Wave Energy Converter

Arthur Pecher, Jens Peter Kofoed, Tommy Larsen, Tanguy Marchalot

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Abstract

This paper presents the power performance results of the experimental study of the WEPTOS wave energy converter (WEC). This novel device combines an established and efficient wave energy absorbing mechanism with an adjustable structure that can regulate the amount of incoming wave energy and reduce loads in extreme wave conditions. This A-shaped floating structure absorbs the energy in the waves through a multitude of rotors, the shape of which is based on the renowned Salter’s Duck. These rotors pivot around a common axle, one for each leg of the structure, to which the rotors transfer the absorbed wave energy and which is connected to a common power take off system (one for each leg). The study investigates the performance of the device in a large range of wave states and estimates the performance in terms of mechanical power available to the power take off system of the WEPTOS WEC for two locations of interest. These are a generic offshore location in the Danish part of the North Sea (Point 3) and the location of the Danish wave energy centre (DanWEC) in front of Hanstholm harbour.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME 2012 31st International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering : OMAE2012
Number of pages10
Place of PublicationRio de Janeiro
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
Publication date2012
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event31st International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE 2012) - , Brazil
Duration: 1 Jul 20126 Jul 2012

Conference

Conference31st International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering (OMAE 2012)
CountryBrazil
Period01/07/201206/07/2012

Bibliographical note

The conference proceedings is published on a DVD

Keywords

  • Wave Energy Converter
  • WEPTOS
  • Prototype Testings

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    Kofoed, J. P. & Pecher, A.

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    Pecher, A., Kofoed, J. P., Larsen, T., & Marchalot, T. (2012). Experimental Study of the Weptos Wave Energy Converter. In Proceedings of the ASME 2012 31st International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering: OMAE2012 American Society of Mechanical Engineers.