'WEC-Direct' - Contra-rotating generator
Energy Systems Research Unit, University of Strathclyde
'WEC-Direct' - The application of a direct drive, contra-rotating generator to wave energy converters.
This feasibility study investigated the application of a direct drive, contra-rotating generator to different WEC architectures in order to establish the impact this step changing technology can have on reducing plant capital costs through:
- weight savings
- reduction of the station keeping/hold down capacity
- reducing operational and maintenance costs through the elimination of generally complex power transfer and take-off systems
- improvements to device performance and efficiency through the elimination of the power conversion and transfer system and
- ultimately reducing the cost of energy from WECs.
PTO stage 1 project summary report for the University of Strathclyde WEC-Direct project. Includes a description of the technology, scope of work, achievements and recommendations for further work.View Details