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A reliable open-source package for performance evaluation of floating renewable energy systems in coastal and offshore regions


Liu, Y and Yoshida, S and Hu, C and Sueyoshi, M and Sun, L and Gao, J and Cong, P and He, G, A reliable open-source package for performance evaluation of floating renewable energy systems in coastal and offshore regions, Energy Conversion and Management, 174 pp. 516-536. ISSN 0196-8904 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.enconman.2018.08.012


The booming developments of coastal/offshore renewable energies in recent years call for a powerful numerical code, ideally open-source packaged, to accelerate the researches in the spotlight. This paper presents such an efficient software package for evaluating the performance of floating renewable energy systems in the coastal and offshore regions. It aims to contribute an open-source effort in numerical simulations for ocean energy converters. Though computation of the free-surface effect in moderate depth region is extremely troublesome due to the singularities, the software package proposed in the present paper gives a satisfactory solution to keep the balance of accuracy and efficiency. In the present paper, the interface and structure of the package are introduced in detail so as to be well understood by the reader. Benchmark tests for various types of converters have confirmed the accuracy and efficiency of the package which can be incorporated easily with a frequency domain solver for efficient analysis. By contributing as one of the pioneer works in the open-source effort of evaluating the moderate-depth free-surface Green's function, with its advantages of a reliable accuracy and a relatively low cost, the authors are hoping that the publication of the present software package will promote the continuous researches in developing robust and reliable coastal and offshore renewable energy systems.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Offshore wind turbine, Wave energy converter, Tidal energy converter, Ocean renewable energy, Optimized configuration, Open source
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Electrical engineering
Research Field:Electrical energy generation (incl. renewables, excl. photovoltaics)
Objective Division:Energy
Objective Group:Renewable energy
Objective Field:Wind energy
UTAS Author:He, G (Professor Guanghua He)
ID Code:131478
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2019-03-19
Last Modified:2019-04-29

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