Energies 2013, 6(9), 4696-4720; doi:10.3390/en6094696
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Experimentally Based Model to Size the Geometry of a New OWC Device, with Reference to the Mediterranean Sea Wave Environment

ICEA, University of Padova, V. Ognissanti 39, Padova 35129, Italy
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Received: 5 June 2013; in revised form: 1 July 2013 / Accepted: 19 August 2013 / Published: 9 September 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Energy from the Ocean - Wave and Tidal Energy)
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Abstract: This note presents the Seabreath wave energy converter, basically a multi-chamber floating oscillating water column device, and the lumped model used to size its chambers, the ducts and the turbine. The model is based on extensive testing carried out in the wave flume of the University of Padova using fixed and floating models with a dummy power take off and indirect measurement of the produced power. A map with the available energy in the Mediterranean Sea is also proposed, showing possible ideal application sites. The Seabreath is finally dimensioned for a quarter scale test application in the Adriatic Sea, with a 3 kW turbine, and a capacity factor of 40%.
Keywords: air flow modeling; capture width; physical model test; seabreath; wave energy converters; wave energy map

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Martinelli, L.; Pezzutto, P.; Ruol, P. Experimentally Based Model to Size the Geometry of a New OWC Device, with Reference to the Mediterranean Sea Wave Environment. Energies 2013, 6, 4696-4720.

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Martinelli L, Pezzutto P, Ruol P. Experimentally Based Model to Size the Geometry of a New OWC Device, with Reference to the Mediterranean Sea Wave Environment. Energies. 2013; 6(9):4696-4720.

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Martinelli, Luca; Pezzutto, Paolo; Ruol, Piero. 2013. "Experimentally Based Model to Size the Geometry of a New OWC Device, with Reference to the Mediterranean Sea Wave Environment." Energies 6, no. 9: 4696-4720.

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