Seawave Slot-Cone Generator: an innovative caisson breakwaters for energy production

Diego Vicinanza, Lucia Margheritini, Pasquale Contestabile, Jens Peter Kofoed, Peter Frigaard

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Abstract

This paper discusses a new type of Wave Energy Converter (WEC) named Seawave Slot-Cone Generator (SSG). The SSG is a WEC of the overtopping type. The structure consists of a number of reservoirs one on the top of each others above the mean water level in which the water of incoming waves is stored temporary. Using this method practically all waves, regardless of size and speed are captured for energy production. In each reservoir, expressively designed low head hydro-turbines are converting the potential energy of the stored water into electrical power. A key to success for the SSG will be low cost of the structure. The wave forces on the main structure can be estimated using experiences from coastal protection structures, but the differences between the structures are so large that more reliable knowledge on the wave forces is desired. The purpose of the work is to derive information on wave loadings acting on sloping walls constituting the structure. The research is intended to be of direct use to engineers analyzing design and stability of this peculiar kind of coastal structure.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoastal Engineering 2008 : Proceedings of the 31st International Conference : Hamburg, Germany,31 August - 5 September 2008
EditorsJane Mckee Smith
PublisherWorld Scientific
Publication date2009
Pages3694-3705
ISBN (Print)9789814277402 (vol.4), 9789814277365 (Set)
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventThe International Conference on Coastal Engineering - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 31 Aug 20085 Sep 2008
Conference number: 31

Conference

ConferenceThe International Conference on Coastal Engineering
Number31
CountryGermany
CityHamburg
Period31/08/200805/09/2008

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Keywords

  • ICCE
  • Seawave Slot-Cone Generator (SSG)
  • Breakwaters
  • Caisson Breakwaters
  • Energy Production

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    Vicinanza, D., Margheritini, L., Contestabile, P., Kofoed, J. P., & Frigaard, P. (2009). Seawave Slot-Cone Generator: an innovative caisson breakwaters for energy production. In J. M. Smith (Ed.), Coastal Engineering 2008: Proceedings of the 31st International Conference : Hamburg, Germany,31 August - 5 September 2008 (pp. 3694-3705). World Scientific. https://doi.org/10.1142/9789814277426_0306