Appraisal of the IEC technical specification for assessment of wave energy resources

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Proceedings titleProceedings of the ASME 2015 34th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE2015, May 31-June 5, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
ConferenceASME 2015 34th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE 2015, 31 May 2015 through 5 June 2015, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Volumev. 9 Ocean Renewable Energy
Article numberOMAE2015-42198
SubjectArctic engineering; Energy resources; Sensitivity analysis; Specifications; Wave energy conversion; British Columbia, Canada; Comparison with measurements; International electro-technical commissions; Pilot applications; Resource assessments; Technical committees; Technical specifications; Wave energy resources; Uncertainty analysis
AbstractThis article describes and presents results from research focused on appraising the new technical specification (TS) for the assessment of wave energy resources developed by technical committee 114 of the International Electro-technical Commission (IEC-TC-114). The new IEC TS is appraised through an extensive pilot application to the waters off the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. A series of wave models are developed and used to simulate the wave conditions and estimate the wave energy resource over the study area. The accuracy of the various resource estimates derived from the model outputs is assessed through comparison with measurements from a directional wave buoy. Furthermore, sensitivity analyses are conducted to determine the main sources of error and uncertainty impacting the precision of resource assessments obtained following the IEC methodology. Preliminary results indicate that the IEC TS can be applied to the estimation of wave energy resources with a reasonable level of effort and accuracy.
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PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
AffiliationOcean, Coastal and River Engineering; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
NRC numberOCRE-PR-2015-023
NPARC number21277343
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