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A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 April 2011)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Philip C. Malte

Energy and Environmental Combustion Laboratory, Mechanical Engineering Department, Room G-4, Mechanical Engineering Building, Box 352600, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-2600, USA
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Prof. Dr. Mitsuhiro Kawase

School of Oceanography, University of Washington, Box 355351, Seattle, WA 98195-5351, USA
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Interests: renewable power generation from tidal and ocean currents; resource and environmental impact assessment for marine renewable energy projects
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Dr. Brian Polagye

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA
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Dr. Jim Thomson

Applied Physics Lab, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98105, USA
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Guest Editor
Dr. Alberto Aliseda

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

For this Special Issue "Progress in Ocean Energy Conversion," papers are sought on the science and technology of the rapidly developing field of marine hydrokinetics. Of particular interest are results on the design, development, siting, and experience of tidal, ocean current, and wave energy conversion devices and systems.  Also of interest are papers related to ocean thermal energy conversion and hybrid systems involving wind and ocean energy conversion, such as a wind-wave hybrid. Developments may be either subscale or full-scale and applicable to micropower, distributed generation, or utility-scale power.

Papers are also encouraged which address key barriers to the development of ocean energy conversion. Examples of such barriers include deep water moorings, power transmission to shore, and long-term reliability of devices operating in the marine environment.

It is hoped that some papers will address the environmental and social impacts of ocean energy conversion, including design for environmental impact mitigation and results of (or approaches for) monitoring high interest environmental effects.

Philip C. Malte
Mitsuhiro Kawase
Brian Polagye
Jim Thomson
Alberto Aliseda
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Keywords

  • marine hydrokinetics
  • tidal energy conversion
  • ocean current energy conversion
  • wave energy conversion
  • ocean thermal energy conversion
  • hybrid wind-ocean energy conversion systems

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Open AccessReview The SSG Wave Energy Converter: Performance, Status and Recent Developments
Energies 2012, 5(2), 193-226; doi:10.3390/en5020193
Received: 24 October 2011 / Revised: 6 January 2012 / Accepted: 17 January 2012 / Published: 31 January 2012
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The Sea-wave Slot-cone Generator (SSG) is a Wave Energy Converter based on the wave overtopping principle; it employs several reservoirs placed on top of each other, in which the energy of incoming waves is stored as potential energy. Then, the captured water runs
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The Sea-wave Slot-cone Generator (SSG) is a Wave Energy Converter based on the wave overtopping principle; it employs several reservoirs placed on top of each other, in which the energy of incoming waves is stored as potential energy. Then, the captured water runs through turbines for electricity production. The system works under a wide spectrum of different wave conditions, giving a high overall efficiency. It can be suitable for shoreline and breakwater applications and presents particular advantages, such as sharing structure costs, availability of grid connection and recirculation of water inside the harbor, as the outlet of the turbines is on the rear part of the system. Recently, plans for the SSG pilot installations are in progress at the Svaaheia site (Norway), the port of Hanstholm (Denmark) and the port of Garibaldi (Oregon, USA). In the last-mentioned two projects, the Sea-wave Slot-cone Generator technology is integrated into the outer harbor breakwater and jetty reconstruction projects. In the last years extensive studies have been performed on the hydraulic and the structural response of this converter, with the aim of optimizing the design process. The investigations have been conducted by physical model tests and numerical simulations and many results have been published on both conference proceedings and journals. The main scope of this paper is reviewing the most significant findings, to provide the reader with an organic overview on the present status of knowledge. Full article
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