Optimum methodology for site selection of wave energy converters

Antai, Emmanuel and Lazakis, Iraklis; (2015) Optimum methodology for site selection of wave energy converters. In: State of the Art on Energy Developments. University of the West of Scotland, GBR. ISBN 9781903978528

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    Abstract

    A critical review on the feasibility of extracting wave energy in the marine environment for the purpose of generating electric power has been carried out using a methodology of resource assessment to analyse the different elements involved in the site selection process and as it relates to the operation and maintenance (O&M) activities for deployment of wave energy converter (WEC) technologies. Part of the issues affecting the choice of using wave energy as an alternative source for power generation centres on the uncertainty surrounding cost of O&M for these power generation technologies. The resource assessment approach examines the different aspects of the operational process starting from the initial site selection stage, and the cost implications of various O&M practice. The objective is to establish the evidence which clearly illustrates that the selected site does not have too many environmental or technical constraints that could impinge on the development of the project. This approach will help prospective investors and developers of marine renewable technologies in planning the project implementation.