Identification of the best location for wave farm installation, wave resource assessment needs to be carried out. In the present work, wave resource assessment along the Indian EEZ was carried out using the 17-year (2000 to 2016) output simulation of the third generation wave model WAVEWATCH-III (WWIII). Spatial distribution of significant wave height, mean wave energy period and annual mean of wave power is plotted. Further, the monthly and seasonal variation has been carried out to assess the effect on temporal variability at a specific location. The results show the annual mean wave power is in the range of 1–12 kW/m across the Indian EEZ. Further, it was observed that wave power along the western coast of India is more energetic than the eastern coast of India, with annual average wave power of 8–12 kW/m and 2–6 kW/m respectively. However, coastlines of Gujarat and Maharashtra experience the maximum seasonal and monthly variability across Indian EEZ, which is 2 and 3.5 respectively. By using different wave energy converters (WEC), the capacity factor and technical wave energy potential over the study area are estimated. Oceantec WEC shows maximum capacity factor (0.35) among the all selected wave energy converters. The results reveal that the electric wave power generation is 3 times more in the western coastal region as compared to the eastern coast of India.

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