Initial Assessment of Mooring Solutions for Floating Wave Energy Converters

Jonas Bjerg Thomsen, Jens Peter Kofoed, Martin Delaney, Stephen Banfield

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Abstract

The present study investigates three different types of mooring systems in order to establish potential cost reductions and applicability to wave energy converters (WECs). Proposed mooring systems for three existing WECs create the basis for this study, and the study highlights areas of interest using a preliminary cost estimation and discussion of buildability issues. Using synthetic rope and variations in the mooring configuration has the potential of influencing the cost significantly. In order to quantify this potential, a simple quasi-static analysis is performed, which shows that a SALM type system can provide a paramount cost reduction compared to a traditional CALM type system with chain lines. Similarly, use of nylon ropes similarly appears to provide low cost.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Proceedings of the Twenty-sixth (2016) International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference
EditorsJin S. Chung, Michael Muskulus, Ted Kokkinis, Alan M. Wang
Number of pages7
Volume1
PublisherInternational Society of Offshore & Polar Engineers
Publication date2016
Pages590-596
ISBN (Print)978-1-880653-88-3
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventISOPE: The 26th International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference - Rhodos, Greece
Duration: 25 Jun 20161 Jul 2016

Conference

ConferenceISOPE: The 26th International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference
CountryGreece
CityRhodos
Period25/06/201601/07/2016
SeriesProceedings of the International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference
Number25
ISSN1098-6189

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Keywords

  • Mooring
  • Station-keeping
  • Wave energy
  • Synthetic
  • Chain
  • Quasi-static
  • Buildability

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Thomsen, J. B., Kofoed, J. P., Delaney, M., & Banfield, S. (2016). Initial Assessment of Mooring Solutions for Floating Wave Energy Converters. In J. S. Chung, M. Muskulus, T. Kokkinis, & A. M. Wang (Eds.), The Proceedings of the Twenty-sixth (2016) International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference (Vol. 1, pp. 590-596). International Society of Offshore & Polar Engineers. Proceedings of the International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference, No. 25