Wave Energy

Wave energy converters (WECs) remain expensive due to challenges of how to robustly convert the time- varying stochastic waves to high-quality electricity, supports frames that comprise up to 50% the device mass, and low storm survivability. Research in the SEA Lab focuses on how to maximize economic benefit of WECs by considering coupling them with other marine structures, such as offshore wind turbines, using them to generate electricity for smaller scale systems, such as offshore aquaculture farms and autonomous underwater vehicle docking stations, or leveraging the high pressure water generated by WECs for more efficient seawater desalination processes. Our group also investigates how wave energy can be incorporated into a mix of renewably energy assets as a means to provide grid-stability.

 

Relevant Publications:

  • J. Kluger, M. N. Haji, and A. H. Slocum, “Grid Balancing with Combined Offshore Wind-Wave and Energy Storage Farms,” (in prep.)
  • M. N. Haji, J. M. Kluger (co-first author), T. P. Sapsis, and A. H. Slocum, “A Symbiotic Approach to the Design of Offshore Wind Turbines with Other Energy Harvesting Systems,” Ocean Engineering, 169, 673-681, 2018. [pdf] [published article]

Wave Energy

Wave energy converters (WECs) remain expensive due to challenges of how to robustly convert the time- varying stochastic waves to high-quality electricity, supports frames that comprise up to 50% the device mass, and low storm survivability. Research in the SEA Lab focuses on how to maximize economic benefit of WECs by considering coupling them with other marine structures, such as offshore wind turbines, using them to generate electricity for smaller scale systems, such as offshore aquaculture farms and autonomous underwater vehicle docking stations, or leveraging the high pressure water generated by WECs for more efficient seawater desalination processes. Our group also investigates how wave energy can be incorporated into a mix of renewably energy assets as a means to provide grid-stability.

 

Relevant Publications:

  • J. Kluger, M. N. Haji, and A. H. Slocum, “Grid Balancing with Combined Offshore Wind-Wave and Energy Storage Farms,” (in prep.)
  • M. N. Haji, J. M. Kluger (co-first author), T. P. Sapsis, and A. H. Slocum, “A Symbiotic Approach to the Design of Offshore Wind Turbines with Other Energy Harvesting Systems,” Ocean Engineering, 169, 673-681, 2018. [pdf] [published article]