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Assessing the Global Wave Energy Potential

[+] Author Affiliations
Gunnar Mo̸rk, Stephen Barstow

Fugro OCEANOR AS, Trondheim, Norway

Alina Kabuth

IST, Lisboa, Portugal

M. Teresa Pontes

LNEG, Lisboa, Portugal

Paper No. OMAE2010-20473, pp. 447-454; 8 pages
  • ASME 2010 29th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • 29th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering: Volume 3
  • Shanghai, China, June 6–11, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4911-8 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3873-0
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


In this paper the evaluation of the global wave energy potential is presented based on data from a global wind-wave model (validated and calibrated against satellite altimeter data) and buoy data (the WorldWaves database). The theoretical potential was computed first using all the available wave data and, in a second step, areas in which the power level is very low (P≤5kW/m) were excluded. Finally, in the third step, areas impacted by sea ice were removed. Annual and seasonal power distributions are presented both in tables and maps. The technical resource was also assessed for the west coast of Iberian peninsula showing a significant power decrease from north to south within only 500 km.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME
Topics: Wave energy



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