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Energies 2017, 10(12), 1973; doi:10.3390/en10121973

Electrical Components for Marine Renewable Energy Arrays: A Techno-Economic Review

School of Engineering, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland EH9 3DW, UK
ITPEnergised, Bristol BS1 5QT, UK
Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico, NM 87185, USA
WavEC—Offshore Renewables, 1400-119 Lisbon, Portugal
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Received: 1 November 2017 / Revised: 18 November 2017 / Accepted: 21 November 2017 / Published: 27 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Marine Energy)
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This paper presents a review of the main electrical components that are expected to be present in marine renewable energy arrays. The review is put in context by appraising the current needs of the industry and identifying the key components required in both device and array-scale developments. For each component, electrical, mechanical and cost considerations are discussed; with quantitative data collected during the review made freely available for use by the community via an open access online repository. This data collection updates previous research and addresses gaps specific to emerging offshore technologies, such as marine and floating wind, and provides a comprehensive resource for the techno-economic assessment of offshore energy arrays. View Full-Text
Keywords: marine energy; offshore energy; cost; database; cables; connectors; transformers; electrical components marine energy; offshore energy; cost; database; cables; connectors; transformers; electrical components

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Collin, A.J.; Nambiar, A.J.; Bould, D.; Whitby, B.; Moonem, M.A.; Schenkman, B.; Atcitty, S.; Chainho, P.; Kiprakis, A.E. Electrical Components for Marine Renewable Energy Arrays: A Techno-Economic Review. Energies 2017, 10, 1973.

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