Welcome to MHKTechPapers


Welcome to MHK Tech Papers Blog.  The purpose of this blog is to aggregate and organize technical papers as they relate the the development of Marine and Hydrokinetic (MHK) technologies. This blog is a community effort, begun by Mike Spray, and focuses on technology development, economics and resource assessment. Those with interests in social science, environmental impacts, and policy dimensions of MHK technologies may find alternative compendiums helpful, such as the TETHYS database. This blog acts as a virtual journal for MHK, a necessary function, since MHK papers are scattered across a broad set of archival journals. In addition to archival literature, this blog contains relevant technical reports and theses/dissertations. All are tagged as such to distinguish between types of literature.

This blog is maintained by MHK researchers on a rotating, volunteer basis. To recommend a paper for inclusion, gain access, volunteer to take a turn maintaining things, or obtain further information, please contact the current maintainer (Brian Polagye: bpolagye@gmail.com)

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Reliability-Based Structural Optimization of Wave Energy Converters


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Simon Ambühl, Morten Kramer and John Dalsgaard Sørensen – Energies, December 2014

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More and more wave energy converter (WEC) concepts are reaching prototype level. Once the prototype level is reached, the next step in order to further decrease the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) is optimizing the overall system with a focus on structural and maintenance (inspection) costs, as well as on the harvested power from the waves.  Continue reading

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Hydraulic impacts of hydrokinetic devices


Maria Kartezhnikov and Thomas M. Ravens - Renewable Energy, Volume 66, June 2014

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A simple technique to estimate the far-field hydraulic impacts associated with the deployment of hydrokinetic devices is introduced. The technique involves representing hydrokinetic devices with an enhanced Manning (bottom) roughness coefficient. The enhanced Manning roughness is found to be a function of the Manning roughness, slope, and water depth of the natural channel as well as device efficiency, blockage ratio, and density of device deployment. The technique is developed assuming simple open channel flow geometry. However, once the effective bottom roughness is determined, it can be used to determine the hydraulic impact of arbitrary device configurations and arbitrary flow situations.

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Energy storage inherent in large tidal turbine farms


Ross Vennell and Thomas A. A. Adcock – Proceedings of the Royal Society, April 2014

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While wind farms have no inherent storage to supply power in calm conditions, this paper demonstrates that large tidal turbine farms in channels have short-term energy storage. This storage lies in the inertia of the oscillating flow and can be used to exceed the previously published upper limit for power production by currents in a tidal channel, while simultaneously maintaining stronger currents. Inertial storage exploits the ability of large farms to manipulate the phase of the oscillating currents by varying the farm’s drag coefficient. This work shows that by optimizing how a large farm’s drag coefficient varies during the tidal cycle it is possible to have some flexibility about when power is produced. This flexibility can be used in many ways, e.g. producing more power, or to better meet short predictable peaks in demand. This flexibility also allows trading total power production off against meeting peak demand, or mitigating the flow speed reduction owing to power extraction. The effectiveness of inertial storage is governed by the frictional time scale relative to either the duration of a half tidal cycle or the duration of a peak in power demand, thus has greater benefits in larger channels.

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An Intelligent Fuzzy Logic Controller for Maximum Power Capture of Point Absorbers


Mohammed Jama, Addy Wahyudie, Ali Assi, and Hassan Noura – Energies, June 2014

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This article presents an intelligent fuzzy logic controller (FLC) for controlling single-body heaving wave energy converter (WEC) or what is widely known as “Point Absorber”. The controller aims at maximizing the energy captured from the sea waves. The power take-off (PTO) limitations are addressed implicitly in the fuzzy inference system (FIS) framework. Continue reading

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Evaluation of the Wave Energy Conversion Efficiency in Various Coastal Environments


Eugen Rusu – Energies, June 2014

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The main objective of the present work was to assess and compare the wave power resources in various offshore and nearshore areas. From this perspective, three different groups of coastal environments were considered: the western Iberian nearshore, islands and an enclosed environment with sea waves, respectively. Some of the most representative existent wave converters were evaluated in the analysis and a second objective was to compare their performances at the considered locations, and in this way to determine which is better suited for potential commercial exploitation. Continue reading

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Wave power absorption: Experiments in open sea and simulation


M. Eriksson, R. Waters, O.Svensson, J. Isberg, and M. Leijon- Journal of Applied Physics, 2007

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A full scale prototype of a wave power plant based on a direct drive linear generator driven by a point absorber has been installed at the west coast of Sweden. In this paper, experimentally collected data of energy absorption for different electrical loads are used to verify a model of the wave power plant including the interactions of wave, buoy, generator, and external load circuit. The wave-buoy interaction is modeled with linear potential wavetheory. The generator is modeled as a nonlinear mechanical damping function that is dependent on piston velocity and electric load. The results show good agreement between experiments and simulations. Potential wavetheory is well suited for the modeling of a point absorber in normal operation and for the design of future converters. Moreover, the simulations are fast, which opens up for simulations of wave farms.

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Sea Trials of a Wave Energy Converter in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland


Vladimir Krivtsov, Ian Bryden, Brian Linfoot, and Robin Wallace – Journal of Shipping and Ocean Engineering, 2013

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This paper describes a campaign of WEC (wave energy converter) testing and presents a selection of the results related to the measured motions and mooring tensions. A 1:20 physical model has been successfully deployed using a three point mooring installed at sea (Strangford Lough, NI) in 10 m depth. Continue reading

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Multistable chain for ocean wave vibration energy harvesting


R. L. Harne, M. E. Schoemaker, and K. W. Wang – Proc. SPIE Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, March 2014

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The heaving of ocean waves is a largely untapped, renewable kinetic energy resource. Conversion of this energy into electrical power could integrate with solar technologies to provide for round-the-clock, portable, and mobile energy supplies usable in a wide variety of marine environments. However, the direct drive conversion methodology of grid integrated wave energy converters does not efficiently scale down to smaller, portable architectures. This research develops an alternative power conversion approach to harness the extraordinarily large heaving displacements and long oscillation periods as an excitation source for an extendible vibration energy harvesting chain. Building upon related research findings and engineering insights, the proposed system joins together a series of dynamic cells through bistable interfaces. Continue reading

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In-tank tests of a dielectric elastomer generator for wave energy harvesting


R. Vertechy, M. Fontana, G. P. Rosati Papini, and D. Forehand – Proc. SPIE Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD), March 2014

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Wave energy harvesting is one of the most promising applications for Dielectric Elastomer Generators. A simple and interesting concept of a Wave Energy Converter based on Dielectric Elastomers is the Polymeric Oscillating Water Column (Poly-OWC). In this paper, preliminary experimental results on the assessment of a small-scale Poly-OWC prototype are presented. The scale of the considered prototype is 1:50. Tests are conducted in a wave-flume by considering sea state conditions with different wave amplitudes and frequencies. The obtained experimental results confirm the viability of the Poly-OWC device.

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The role of tidal asymmetry in characterizing the tidal energy resource of Orkney


Simon P. Neill, M. Reza Hashemi, and Matt J. Lewis – Renewable Energy, August 2014

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When selecting sites for marine renewable energy projects, there are a wide range of economical and practical constraints to be considered, from the magnitude of the resource through to proximity of grid connections. One factor that is not routinely considered in tidal energy site selection, yet which has an important role in quantifying the resource, is tidal asymmetry, i.e. variations between the flood and ebb phases of the tidal cycle. Here, we present theory and develop a high-resolution three-dimensional ROMS tidal model of Orkney to examine net power output for a range of sites along an energetic channel with varying degrees of tidal asymmetry. Since power output is related to velocity cubed, even small asymmetries in velocity lead to substantial asymmetries in power output. We also use the 3D model to assess how tidal asymmetry changes with height above the bed, i.e. representing different device hub heights, how asymmetry affects turbulence properties, and how asymmetry is influenced by wind-driven currents. Finally, although there is minimal potential for tidal phasing over our study site, we demonstrate that regions of opposing flood- versus ebb-dominant asymmetry occurring over short spatial scales can be aggregated to provide balanced power generation over the tidal cycle.

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