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Experimentally based model to size the geometry of a new OWC device, with reference to the Mediterranean Sea wave environment
Martinelli, L.; Pezzutto, P.; Ruol, P. (2013). Experimentally based model to size the geometry of a new OWC device, with reference to the Mediterranean Sea wave environment. Energies (Basel) 6(9): 4696-4720. hdl.handle.net/10.3390/en6094696
In: Energies (Basel). Molecular Diversity Preservation International (MDPI): Basel. ISSN 1996-1073, more
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Keywords
    Converters; Wave energy; Marine
Author keywords
    Air flow modeling; Capture width; Physical model test; Seabreath; Wave energy converters; Wave energy map

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  • Martinelli, L.
  • Pezzutto, P.
  • Ruol, P.

Abstract
    This note presents the Seabreath wave energy converter, basically a multi-chamber floating oscillating water column device, and the lumped model used to size its chambers, the ducts and the turbine. The model is based on extensive testing carried out in the wave flume of the University of Padova using fixed and floating models with a dummy power take off and indirect measurement of the produced power. A map with the available energy in the Mediterranean Sea is also proposed, showing possible ideal application sites. The Seabreath is finally dimensioned for a quarter scale test application in the Adriatic Sea, with a 3 kW turbine, and a capacity factor of 40%.

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