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    A competition for WEC control systems


    Ringwood, John and Ferri, Francesco and Ruehl, Kelley M. and Yu, Yi-Hsiang and Coe, Ryan G. and Bacelli, Giorgio and Weber, Jochem and Kramer, Morten (2017) A competition for WEC control systems. Proceedings of the 12th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference 27th Aug -1st Sept 2017 (831). pp. 1-9. ISSN 2309-1983

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    Abstract

    This paper outlines a proposed open competition which will compare energy-maximising controllers for wave energy converters (WECs), both in simulation, and in real time,using a scale device in a tank test situation. To date, a wide variety of WEC control algorithms have been proposed, but have been difficult to compare due to differences in the simulation/scale models they are evaluated on, the range of incident sea states employed, and the reliance to a greater or lesser extent on wave or excitation force forecasts. In addition, most WEC control algorithms have been evaluated only in simulation, which masks the real-time computational capability, as well as the degree to which the model-based controllers are robust to WEC modelling errors, since the controllers are predominantly evaluated with a WEC simulation model identical to that upon which the controller is based.This paper describes the format of a proposed WEC control competition, detailing the scale target device, the open-source WEC-Sim simulation platform, along with likely performance metrics and range of sea states under which the assessment will be performed. The paper serves the purpose both as an announcement of the competition and indicates the nominal schedule, as well as soliciting feedback at this stage of the process.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: wave energy; control; competition; WEC-Sim; Wavestar; 12th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Electronic Engineering
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Research Institutes > Centre for Ocean Energy Research
    Item ID: 12455
    Depositing User: Professor John Ringwood
    Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2020 16:35
    Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the 12th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference 27th Aug -1st Sept 2017
    Publisher: European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference 2017
    Refereed: Yes
    Funders: Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), Marine Renewable Ireland Centre
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