Sensitivity Analysis of the Wave Energy Converters Operating in the French Coastal Waters

Author(s): F Onea, E Rusu
Department of Mechanical Engineering, ‘‘Dunarea de Jos’’ University of Galati,
Domneasca Street, 47, Galati 800008, Romania
International Journal of Smart Grid and Clean Energy, vol. 8, no. 2, March 2019: pp. 239-244
ISSN: 2315-4462 (Print)
ISSN: 2373-3594 (Online)
Digital Object Identifier: 10.12720/sgce.8.2.239-244

Abstract: The aim of the present work is to assess the performances reported by some state-of-the-art wave energy converters which may operate in the vicinity of the French coastal waters. 10 years of wave data (2008-2017) coming from the ERA – Interim project, have been considered and several reference sites have been defined along the French coastlines of the North Atlantic Ocean and of the Mediterranean Sea, respectively. From the assessment of the wave conditions, it was noticed that more important resources are encountered on the north-western parts of the western coasts, while from the eastern coasts the region located between Toulon and Sardinia seems to present interest. As expected, the performances of the wave generators are directly related to the wave energy, although the sites from the eastern coasts are defined by deeper water areas.

Keywords: France, coastal environment, wave power, wave energy converters, sensitivity analysis
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