Feasibility Assessment of a Wave Energy Converter with Linear Generator

Nicole Gerdes, Caleb Harrison, Phadungsak Tubuntoeng, Luis Fernandez de Valderrama, Dr. Nilufer Ozdemir and Dr. Cigdem Akan, Coggin College of Business and College of Engineering, University of North Florida, 1 UNF Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32224

With the growing world population, the global energy demand has been increasing significantly over the past several decades, and according to BP’s Energy Outlook 2019, it will continue increasing. The two main sources of energy are oil and natural gas. Associated with these are two main issues: carbon dioxide emissions and limited availability. Thus, generating energy from renewable sources has drawn even more attention over the past few years. The common renewable energy sources include water, wind, sunlight, and geothermal heat.  The oceans cover more than 70 percent of the surface of the earth, making them an excellent source of renewable energy. Renewable energy from the oceans can be categorized as tidal energy, wave energy, and ocean current energy. Even though wave energy represents a renewable source with high power-density, the existing wave energy solutions are not cost-effective. This study assesses the feasibility of the wave energy converter with a linear generator designed at the University of North Florida. First, a Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) model is created and different case studies are performed to evaluate the relationship between site location and LCOE. Based on the cost-benefit analyses we have conducted, we found that our wave energy converter is especially suitable in two cases: Disaster-stricken areas and developing countries distant from an electric network. Easy deployability of our device provides cost advantages in both cases. This is incredibly encouraging due to the recent predictions expecting more frequent natural disasters due to global warming.  

Additional Abstract Information

Presenters: Nicole Gerdes, Caleb Harrison, Phadungsak Tubuntoeng, Luis Fernandez de Valderrama

Institution: University of North Florida

Type: Poster

Subject: Engineering

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 6
Date/Time: Tue 2:00pm-3:00pm
Session Number: 4556