Commercialization of wave energy will lead to the necessary deployment of Wave Energy Converters (WECs) in arrays, or wave farms. In order for projects in the United States to be approved, regulatory agencies must perform an Environmental Assessment proving little to no environmental impact. However, little is known about the environmental impacts of such wave farms. As a result, the environmental impacts of wave farms are largely determined by numerical wave models, however spectral wave models are currently limited in their ability to model WECs. Sandia National Laboratories is developing SNL-SWAN, a modified version of Simulation WAves Nearshore (SWAN) that includes a validated WEC Module to more realistically model the frequency and sea state dependent wave energy conversion of WECs.
Development of SNL-SWAN, A Validated Wave Energy Converter Array Modeling Tool
Title: Development of SNL-SWAN, A Validated Wave Energy Converter Array Modeling Tool
September 05, 2013
Conference Name: European Wave and Energy Tidal Conference - EWTEC 2013
Conference Location: Aalborg, Denmark
Ruehl, K.; Porter, A.; Posner, A.; Roberts, J. (2013). Development of SNL-SWAN, A Validated Wave Energy Converter Array Modeling Tool. Paper Presented at the European Wave and Energy Tidal Conference - EWTEC 2013, Aalborg, Denmark.