Optimization of overtopping type wave energy converters on existing breakwaters

Sayar, Serim Doğaç
Global electricity generation today relies heavily on fossil fuels. Therefore, the need to create innovative and reliable technologies that can consistently generate clean and renewable electricity is of great importance. Generating electricity from wave energy has great potential although, the methods used to convert wave energy has limited applications in real life. Turkey surrounded by different wave conditions is a candidate for such applications. In the literature, there are various studies in which resource evaluation for wave energy is conducted for Turkey Seas. However, studies on WEC type selection, design performance as well as the applicability of such device is very limited. Thus, in this study, overtopping type WEC optimizations were performed for the breakwaters of the four pilot sites (mainly fisheries) on the Black Sea Coast of Turkey. In order to optimize the WECs in the breakwaters, wave analyzes were performed for selected sites along the Black Sea coast. Then, the dimensions that the overtopping type WECs would be most efficient were determined by the developed optimization algorithm. The energy that can be produced by the optimized WECs was determined and significant factors were discussed affecting the energy production and WEC optimization processes for the selected sites.


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Citation Formats
S. D. Sayar, “Optimization of overtopping type wave energy converters on existing breakwaters,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.