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Energies 2016, 9(11), 939; doi:10.3390/en9110939

Perturb and Observe Control for an Embedded Point Pivoted Absorber

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Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, University of Naples Federico II, Via Claudio 21, 80125 Naples, Italy
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Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Via Claudio 21, 80125 Naples, Italy
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Received: 1 August 2016 / Revised: 4 November 2016 / Accepted: 8 November 2016 / Published: 10 November 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Numerical Modelling of Wave and Tidal Energy)
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Marine energy sources represent an attractive and inexhaustible reservoir able to contribute to the fulfillment of the world energy demand in accordance with climate/energy regulatory frameworks. Wave energy converter (WEC) integration into the main grid requires both the maximization of the harvested energy and the proper management of the generation variability. The present paper focuses on both these mentioned issues. More specifically, it presents an embedded point pivoted absorber (PPA) and its related control strategy aimed at maximizing the harvested energy. Experimental and numerical investigations have been carried out in a wave/towing tank facility in order to derive the design characteristics of the full-scale model and demonstrate the validity and effectiveness of the proposed control strategy. View Full-Text
Keywords: wave energy converter (WEC); scale model; marine; perturb and observe (P&Q); maximum power point tracking (MPPT) wave energy converter (WEC); scale model; marine; perturb and observe (P&Q); maximum power point tracking (MPPT)
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Brando, G.; Coiro, D.P.; Coppola, M.; Dannier, A.; Del Pizzo, A.; Spina, I. Perturb and Observe Control for an Embedded Point Pivoted Absorber. Energies 2016, 9, 939.

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