Adaptive power control of wave energy converters for maximum power absorption under irregular sea-state conditions
Location: Montreal, Canada
Publication date: 2015-09-20
Published in: IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition 2015, Montreal (Canada) - ECCE 2015
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Antoni M. Cantarellas, Cosmin Koch-Ciobotaru



This paper proposes a novel wave energy converter (WEC) control technique based on an adaptive vector controller for maximum power absorption of the wave energy resource. The proposed controller arises as a suitable solution for a realistic wave energy converter deployment, as it serves from its own wave energy converter velocity to instantaneously determine the required power-take-off force needed for maximizing the power extraction from the waves. The adaptive characteristic of the wave energy controller is achieved thanks to the implementation of advanced signal monitoring and synchronization processes along with vector control algorithms. As a result, maximum power absorption can be instantaneously achieved regardless of the dominant characteristics of the irregular waves.