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Experimental Study on Performance of Wave Energy Converter System with Counterweight

  • Han, Sung-Hoon ;
  • Jo, Hyo-Jae ;
  • Lee, Seung-Jae ;
  • Hwang, Jae-Hyuck ;
  • Park, Ji-Won
  • Received : 2015.10.06
  • Accepted : 2015.12.24
  • Published : 2016.02.28

Abstract

In order to convert wave energy into large quantities of high-efficiency power, it is necessary to study the optimal converter system appropriate for the environment of a specific open ocean area. A wave energy converter system with a counterweight converts the translation energy induced from the heave motion of a buoy into rotary energy. This experimental study evaluated the primary energy conversion efficiency of the system, which was installed on an ocean generating basin with a power take-off system. Moreover, this study analyzed the energy conversion performance according to the weight condition of the buoy, counter-weight, and flywheel by changing the load torque and wave period. Therefore, these results could be useful as basic data such as for the optimal design of a wave energy converter with a counterweight and improved energy conversion efficiency.

Keywords

Wave energy converter system;Power take-off system;Counterweight

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