A Methodology for Wave-to-Wire WEC Simulations
Ortiz, Juan P.
Buckham, Bradley J.
Nicoll, Ryan S.
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This paper looks at the methodology of building a full wave-to-wire WEC (Wave Energy Convertor) simulation and presents examples of its use for a variety of different types of WEC. Wave resource information from the West Coast of Vancouver Island is considered. A detailed wave-body interaction model is generated using ProteusDS software. This model is linked to Simulink, which allows a detailed PTO (Power Take Off) model to be simulated, which will feedback into the motions of the WEC. Three different examples are presented for different WECs. These WECs are Resolute Marine Energy's Surging flap, Seawood Designs' SurfPower and an internal University of Victoria two-body concept.