The Resonant Wave Energy Converter 3 (REWEC3) is a wave energy converter belonging to the family of Oscillating Water Columns (OWCs). It comprises an oscillating water column and an air pocket connected to a turbine, as in the traditional OWCs. In addition, it has a small vertical U-shaped duct connecting the water column to the open wave field. Because of this particular geometrical configuration, it is also known as U-Oscillating Water Column (U-OWC). The first full-scale prototype was constructed in the Port of Civitavecchia (Rome, Italy), in the context of a major port enlargement. This paper shows some results of the monitoring activity pursued on one U-OWC chamber equipped with sensors measuring water and air pressures. The activity has been conducted for about 1 year. The energetic performance of the plant is investigated in the paper, via the estimation of the capture width ratio.
Response of the U-OWC Prototype Installed in the Civitavecchia Harbour
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Arena, F, Romolo, A, Malara, G, Fiamma, V, & Laface, V. "Response of the U-OWC Prototype Installed in the Civitavecchia Harbour." Proceedings of the ASME 2018 37th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering. Volume 10: Ocean Renewable Energy. Madrid, Spain. June 17–22, 2018. V010T09A034. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/OMAE2018-78762
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