Waves and Oscillating Systems

Oscillating Systems for Ocean Wave Power Harvesting

Vibration is beneficial from the power-harvesting point of view. Ocean wave energy is a massive sustainable energy resource, the harvesting of which relies on the design and control of wave-induced oscillating systems.

The Wave Energy Research Group has expertise in modelling of wave-body interaction, design and optimization of offshore oscillating systems, and control systems which maximise wave energy conversion.

Examples of research projects include:

  • Non-linear control of oscillating water columns
  • Optimization and control of generic oscillating buoy variants
  • Modelling and control of oscillating buoy arrays

Research also involves self-excited bluff bodies for energy extraction of low speed flows such as tidal currents and river currents.

Contact

For more information contact Professor Ben Cazzolato