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A Novel Hybrid Wind-Wave Energy Converter for Jacket-Frame Substructures

School of Engineering, University of Plymouth, Reynolds Building, PL4 8AA Plymouth, UK
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Energies 2018, 11(3), 637; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11030637
Received: 27 February 2018 / Revised: 9 March 2018 / Accepted: 11 March 2018 / Published: 13 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Offshore Renewable Energy: Ocean Waves, Tides and Offshore Wind)
The growth of the offshore wind industry in the last couple of decades has made this technology a key player in the maritime sector. The sustainable development of the offshore wind sector is crucial for this to consolidate within a global scenario of climate change and increasing threats to the marine environment. In this context, multipurpose platforms have been proposed as a sustainable approach to harnessing different marine resources and combining their use under the same platform. Hybrid wind-wave systems are a type of multipurpose platform where a single platform combines the exploitation of offshore wind and wave energy. In particular, this paper deals with a novel hybrid wind-wave system that integrates an oscillating water column wave energy converter with an offshore wind turbine on a jacket-frame substructure. The main objective of this paper is to characterise the hydrodynamic response of the WEC sub-system of this hybrid energy converter. A 1:50 scale model was tested under regular and irregular waves to characterise the hydrodynamic response of the WEC sub-system. The results from this analysis lead to the proof of concept of this novel hybrid system; but additionally, to characterising its behaviour and interaction with the wave field, which is a requirement for fully understanding the benefits of hybrid systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: wave energy; hybrid wind-wave; concept development; oscillating water column (OWC); physical modelling; hydrodynamic response wave energy; hybrid wind-wave; concept development; oscillating water column (OWC); physical modelling; hydrodynamic response
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Perez-Collazo, C.; Greaves, D.; Iglesias, G. A Novel Hybrid Wind-Wave Energy Converter for Jacket-Frame Substructures. Energies 2018, 11, 637.

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