Evaluation of Wave Transmission Characteristics of OSPREY Wave Power Plant for Noyo Bay, California.
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS COASTAL HYDRAULICS LA B
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This report discusses wave flume tests of a newly designed ocean swell powered renewable energy OSPREY wave power generating caisson to assess its suitability and efficiency. Tests were carried out in a new wave flume commissioned by Applied Research and Technology ART, of Inverness, Scotland. Data from both regular and irregular wave tests are shown. Wave transmission test results are plotted and compared with previous tests of a proposed rubble-mound alternative. Test results indicate that three-unit and four-unit OSPREY arrays allow significantly more wave energy transmission than the rubble-mound breakwater. In order to satisfy the basic requirements for wave sheltering at this site, it would appear that the OSPREY units must be placed closer together, integrated within the rubble mound, or spaced using integrated inactive caissons.
- Electric Power Production and Distribution
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography