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Development and Testing of a Point Absorber Wave Energy Conversion

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Jacob Foster, Reza Ghorbani

University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI

Pierre Garambois

INSA, Lyon, France

Paper No. OMAE2011-49560, pp. 537-541; 5 pages
  • ASME 2011 30th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 5: Ocean Space Utilization; Ocean Renewable Energy
  • Rotterdam, The Netherlands, June 19–24, 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4437-3
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


Wave energy conversion as a means for small scale energy production is approaching commercial viability. This paper presents the undergoing development of a wave energy conversion device at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The device is a three part point absorber with two buoys, one floating and absorbing incoming waves; the other maintaining tension on the third mechanism, the submerged power-take-off unit. This design is discussed as three concept configurations for WEC construction. The analytical solution is developed, and the buoys response is computed due to a selected and analyzed sea-state.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME
Topics: Testing , Wave energy



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