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    Exploring the utility and effectiveness of the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) wave energy resource assessment and characterisation standard: A case study


    Ramos, V. and Ringwood, John (2016) Exploring the utility and effectiveness of the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) wave energy resource assessment and characterisation standard: A case study. Energy, 107. pp. 668-682. ISSN 0360-5442

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    Abstract

    For wave energy to become a commercially viable source of energy, a complete understanding of the wave resource characterisation is needed. In this context, the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) has developed a technical specification for the assessment of the wave resource, IEC-TS 62600-101: Marine energy-Wave, tidal and other water current converters-Part 101: Wave energy resource assessment and characterisation (IEC-62600-101), which presents a series of recommendations for standardising wave resource characterisation. The IEC-62600-101 classifies resource assessment studies into three different classes: reconnaissance, feasibility and design. The model setup requirements (mesh resolution, boundary conditions) and the effort (validation process, computational times) vary considerably from one class to the other. On these grounds, the objective of this work is to explore this methodology using the Irish West Coast as a case study. Overall, it was found that the methodology proposed performs well, offering a detailed characterisation of the resource; however, with the aim of making the technical specification more manageable, some aspects related to the seasonality of the wave resource and the validation and model setup procedures may be revisited for future editions.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This research is based upon works supported by Science Foundation of Ireland under Grant No. 12/RC/2302 for the Marine and Renewable Ireland (MAREI) centre. During this work V. Ramos was supported by the I2C postdoctoral grant ED481B 2014/059-0 (Plan Galego de Investigacion Innovacion e Crecemento 2011e2015) of the Xunta de Galicia (Spain). The authors are also indebted to the Spanish Port Authority (Puertos del Estado) for the contribution with the wave boundary data, the Irish Marine Center for providing thewave bouy data from the Belmullet test site and the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) for its cooperation in the computational tasks.
    Keywords: Wave energy; IEC-62600-101; Irish West Coast; SWAN; Intra-annual resource variability;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Electronic Engineering
    Item ID: 9400
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2016.04.053
    Depositing User: Professor John Ringwood
    Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2018 17:14
    Journal or Publication Title: Energy
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    Funders: Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
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