To acquire knowledge about generation of electric energy from ocean waves with emphasis on technical aspects but also with respect to environmental effects and system properties.
After a successfully completed course the student should be able to:
make quantitative judgements and perform computations of the different subsystems of a wave power system, incl. ocean waves and wave climates, energy absorption, mechanical energy conversion, rotating and linear generators,
use numerical, analytical and experimental tools to model and optimize wave power systems,
describe the principles and technical solutions for different wave power concepts, and use this knowledge to evaluate different wave power systems from technical, environmental and societal aspects,
evaluate the impact of key aspects and prerequisites for wave power.
Ocean waves: formation, characterisations, wave climate, energy content, resources and measurement. Basic technology: energy absorption, mechanical energy conversion, rotating and linear generators.
Wave power technologies: different concepts for wave power technology are studied, among them oscillating wave columns (OWC) and point-absorbers (PA). System aspects: transmission, grid connection, market and economical models. Miscellaneous: History, legal aspects, environmental assets, biological effects, conflicts of interest, availability and resources.
Lectures, exercises and laboratory work and a home assignment project.
Written examination, including problem-solving and theory questions, at the end of the course (6 credits). Laboratory work (2 hp) and home assignment project written in English (2 hp).