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Atan, R,Goggins, J,Harnett, M,Agostinho, P,Nash, S
Ocean Engineering
Assessment of wave characteristics and resource variability at a 1/4-scale wave energy test site in Galway Bay using waverider and high frequency radar (CODAR) data
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Wave characterisation Extreme waves Radar Galway Bay test site Wave resource Wave power WIND-WAVES
This research presents an assessment of wave characteristics at the 1/4 scale wave energy test site in Galway Bay based on (1) data from a waverider buoy from 2009 to 2013 and (2) data from a high frequency radar system (CODAR) from 2011 to 2013. The main objective of this research is to provide an assessment of annual and seasonal wave characteristics and resource variability at a wave energy site. Such assessments are extremely important for wave energy test sites so as to inform the design, optimisation and maintenance of wave energy converters. An approach for classifying operational, high and extreme wave events is presented. The approach is based on percentage of occurrences of particular wave events and can be applied to any site and any wave parameter. In the present research it is separately applied to wave height and wave power. An additional objective is the validation of CODAR wave data for use in assessment of wave height characteristics; this was achieved by comparing CODAR data with waverider data. The research shows that the authors characterisation methodology is easy to apply and unambiguous to interpret. Due to the significant variation in wave parameters at the site from season to season and year to year, operational, high and extreme conditions are presented for the 5-year measurement period, individual years and individual seasons. The research also shows that wave heights determined from CODAR show good agreement with those from a waverider buoy and may be relied upon for accurate site characterisation. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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