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Wave energy on the Belgian continental shelf
Beels, C.; De Rouck, J.; Verhaeghe, H.; Geeraerts, J.; Dumon, G. (2007). Wave energy on the Belgian continental shelf, in: IEEE OCEANS 2007 - Europe; 18-21 June 2007. Oceans (New York), : pp. 210-215. hdl.handle.net/10.1109/OCEANSE.2007.4302228
In: IEEE (2007). OCEANS 2007 - Europe; 18-21 June 2007. Oceans (New York). IEEE: Aberdeen . ISBN 978-1-4244-0635-7 . , more
In: Oceans (New York). IEEE: New York. ISSN 0197-7385, more
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Keyword
    Marine
Author keywords
    Belgian continental shelf; wave climate; wave energy

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Abstract
    The inexhaustible wave energy resource is at the basis of the increasing research on wave energy exploitation. Tin now the resource is studied in detail for regions with a high wave energy density. As the problems to guarantee the survivability of Wave Energy Converters (WECs) in a severe and energetic wave climate are not solved yet, the possibilities of wave power conversion in a less aggressive wave climate should be investigated. This paper describes the wave climate and correspondent wave power resource in a rather sheltered area i.e., the Belgian Continental Shelf (southern part of the North Sea). The available wave power is studied on six buoy locations. Furthermore characteristic sea states and design conditions are derived for the most suitable locations for wave energy production. The available wave power is compared with other sites in the North Sea. Near shore (< 30 km off the coast) less than 10 kW/m is available.

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