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    The wave energy converter control competition

    Ringwood, John and Ferri, Francesco and Tom, Nathan and Ruehl, Kelley M. and Faedo, Nicolás and Bacelli, Giorgio and Yu, Yi-Hsiang and Coe, Ryan G. (2019) The wave energy converter control competition. In: Proceedings of the ASME 2019 38th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering. ASME, pp. 1-10.

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    Over the past two years, a wave energy converter control systems competition (WECCCOMP) has been in progress, with the objective of comparing different wave energy converter (WEC) control paradigms on a standard benchmark problem. The target system is a point absorber, corresponding to a single float with an absolute reference, of the WaveStar WEC prototype. The system was modelled in WEC-Sim, with the hydrodynamic parameters validated against tank test data. Competitors were asked to design and implement a WEC control system for this model, with performance evaluated across six sea states. The evaluation criteria included a weighted combination of average converted power, peak/average power, and the degree to which the system physical constraints were exploited or temporarily exceeded. This paper provides an overview of the competition, which includes a comparative evaluation of the entries and their performance on the simulation model. It is intended that this paper will act as an anchor presentation in a special session on WECCCOMP at OMAE 2019, with other papers in the special session contributed by the competitors, describing in detail the control algorithms and the results achieved over the various sea states.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: Funding: J. Ringwood and N. Faedo are grateful for the financial support of Science Foundation Ireland under Grants 13/IA/1886 and 12/RC/2302. Cite as: Ringwood, J, Ferri, F, Tom, N, Ruehl, K, Faedo, N, Bacelli, G, Yu, Y, & Coe, RG. "The Wave Energy Converter Control Competition: Overview." Proceedings of the ASME 2019 38th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering. Volume 10: Ocean Renewable Energy. Glasgow, Scotland, UK. June 9–14, 2019. V010T09A035. ASME.
    Keywords: Renewable energy; wave energy converter; control system; simulation; competition;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Electronic Engineering
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Research Institutes > Centre for Ocean Energy Research
    Item ID: 14271
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    Depositing User: Professor John Ringwood
    Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2021 15:36
    Publisher: ASME
    Refereed: Yes
    Funders: Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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