Abstract

Linear driving wave energy converter (WEC) system need to control the electric generator to obtain more power generation. Electric power is consumed by control, but it is possible to control the natural period of the floating motion. By resonating the movement of the float part with wave, it is possible to obtain the power generation more than the control power consumption, the total power generation performance will be improved.

In this study, to ensure the WEC safety and performance for various wave condition, especially high wave height, the electrical control algorithms are changed for different wave condition. A control strategy is proposed for various wave condition considering the control force limitation and motion amplitude limitation. Basis on the control strategy, the range of operation by electric control is estimated. In addition, by estimating the expected value of power generation in the set sea, the setting parameters of the WEC can be discussed according to the wave situation.

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