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Very Large Scale Wave Energy Generation


Stage

Phase 2

Project Lead

Ove Arup & Partners Ltd

This report describes a study commissioned by Wave Energy Scotland (WES) into the potential of very large scale (10MW+) Wave Energy Converters (WECs). The study aims to quantify opportunities associated with very large scale wave energy generation and provide recommendations for the future approach to its realisation.

The project was undertaken in three stages.

  • Stage I considered the entire WEC landscape through a developer survey and literature review.
  • Stage II quantified the potential opportunity and limits associated with scaling the most common WEC geometry types.
  • Stage III comprised a more detailed opportunities assessment, focused on cost-effective and practical large scale WEC configurations identified in the previous stages.

The study considered a range of existing device types but as-yet unknown alternatives may exist with greater energy performance at a large scale. Future research into individual devices with more energy scaling potential is recommended.

High level outputs from the study included:

  • Highlighting an optimum range of rated power generation for WECs exists based on a CAPEX/MW metric
  • Identification of future work required to optimise the large scale WEC size, and to develop the associated commercial and logistical aspects.

Very Large Scale Wave Energy Generation - Landscaping Study

This report describes a study commissioned by Wave Energy Scotland (WES) into the potential of very large scale (10MW+) Wave Energy Converters (WECs) which aims to quantify opportunities associated with very large scale wave energy generation and provide recommendations for the future approach to its realisation.

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