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    Coordinated Control of Arrays of Wave Energy Devices—Benefits Over Independent Control

    Bacelli, Giorgio and Balitsky, Philip and Ringwood, John (2013) Coordinated Control of Arrays of Wave Energy Devices—Benefits Over Independent Control. IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, 4 (4). pp. 1091-1099. ISSN 1949-3029

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    It is well known that control systems, which can modulate the power takeoff force of a wave energy device, have the capability of extending the effective device bandwidth and thereby improve energy capture. For an array of wave energy devices, there is the additional complication that each device is subject to radiated waves from other devices, which are a function of the device motion and, hence, an indirect function of each of the device controllers. This gives the possibility of enhancing the energy harvesting properties of the wave farm as a whole, by giving each controller information about the motion of other devices and employing a global performance function which allows coordinated control for the overall benefit of the farm. This paper examines the possibilities of using such coordinated control and makes conclusions on the types of devices, and types of arrays, that might benefit from such coordinated control. In addition, the overall benefit of a global array control strategy, compared to independent control of each device, is assessed against the added complexity of a coordinated control strategy.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: wave energy arrays; Control; power optimization; power takeoff;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Electronic Engineering
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Research Institutes > Centre for Ocean Energy Research
    Item ID: 9449
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    Depositing User: Professor John Ringwood
    Date Deposited: 04 May 2018 15:23
    Journal or Publication Title: IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy
    Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    Refereed: Yes
    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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