Investigating the development of large scale wave converter test sites in Tasmania
Johnston, KE and Penesis, I and Rahimi, R, Investigating the development of large scale wave converter test sites in Tasmania, Proceedings of the 3rd Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference, 24-28 October 2016, Singapore, pp. 376-384. ISBN 978-981-11-0782-5 (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]
An investigation into optimum sites for testing large scale wave energy converters (WEC) was conducted on Tasmania’s coastline. Southern Australia has world-class wave energy resources that could be well utilised for the installation of Australian and international devices. In this pre-feasibility study the requirements of a test site were evaluated using criteria determined based on recommended best practice at world-class established test centres. The most imperative aspect of a site, the wave energy resource, was investigated, as it relates directly to how a device captures energy. Australian devices and selected international devices tested at large scale where assessed on their operating mechanisms and installation requirements to ascertain the requirements of an Australian focused site. Surprise Point on King Island and Cape Grim were found to be suitable locations due to their uninterrupted wave climate with regular peak wave periods of 9-11s and significant wave heights averaging above 3m, and proximity to shoreline for grid connection. Further studies to verify the feasibility due to suitability in extreme events would need to be conducted. Such a site would provide for valuable studies into WEC efficiency, installation, mooring and environmental impact necessary for the advancement and commercialisation of the Australian ocean renewable sector.
Refereed Conference Paper
wave energy converters, wave energy test sites, Tasmania, optimisation