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Energies 2017, 10(9), 1320; https://doi.org/10.3390/en10091320

Wave Energy Resource Assessment off the Coast of China around the Zhoushan Islands

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College of Information and Control Engineering, China University of Petroleum, No. 66, Changjiangxi Road, Huangdao District, Qingdao 266580, China
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The First Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration, No. 6, Xianxialing Road, Laoshan District, Qingdao 266061, China
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College of Information Science and Engineering, Ocean University of China, No. 238, Songling Road, Laoshan District, Qingdao 266100, China
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Received: 26 July 2017 / Revised: 21 August 2017 / Accepted: 29 August 2017 / Published: 1 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Energy Sources)
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Abstract

Based on ERA-Interim reanalysis wave field data for the 36 years from 1979 to 2014, the temporal and spatial distributions and development potential of wave energy are studied in detail in the offshore and relatively nearshore waters adjacent to the Zhoushan Islands. The results show that areas of relatively high wave energy are located in the offshore waters to the east and southeast of the Zhoushan Islands. The potential wave energy in relatively nearshore waters (water depths from 10 m to 65 m) is relatively higher and especially in the nearshore waters to the southeast of the city of Taizhou, Zhejiang Province, which are suitable locations for wave energy development. The conclusions provide scientific guidance for wave energy development in the sea areas adjacent to the Zhoushan Islands. View Full-Text
Keywords: ERA-Interim reanalysis data; sea areas adjacent to the Zhoushan Islands; key regions; wave energy; assessment; wave power density ERA-Interim reanalysis data; sea areas adjacent to the Zhoushan Islands; key regions; wave energy; assessment; wave power density
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Wan, Y.; Fan, C.; Zhang, J.; Meng, J.; Dai, Y.; Li, L.; Sun, W.; Zhou, P.; Wang, J.; Zhang, X. Wave Energy Resource Assessment off the Coast of China around the Zhoushan Islands. Energies 2017, 10, 1320.

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