Accession Number : ADA324221

Title :   Evaluation of Wave Transmission Characteristics of OSPREY Wave Power Plant for Noyo Bay, California.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS COASTAL HYDRAULICS LA B

Personal Author(s) : Melby, Jeffrey A. ; Appleton, William

PDF Url : ADA324221

Report Date : MAR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 41

Abstract : This report discusses wave flume tests of a newly designed ocean swell powered renewable energy (OSPREY) wave power generating caisson to assess its suitability and efficiency. Tests were carried out in a new wave flume commissioned by Applied Research and Technology (ART), of Inverness, Scotland. Data from both regular and irregular wave tests are shown. Wave transmission test results are plotted and compared with previous tests of a proposed rubble-mound alternative. Test results indicate that three-unit and four-unit OSPREY arrays allow significantly more wave energy transmission than the rubble-mound breakwater. In order to satisfy the basic requirements for wave sheltering at this site, it would appear that the OSPREY units must be placed closer together, integrated within the rubble mound, or spaced using integrated inactive caissons.

Descriptors :   *BREAKWATERS, *HYDROELECTRICITY, *ELECTRIC POWER TRANSMISSION, OCEAN WAVES, EFFICIENCY, ENERGY TRANSFER, TABLES(DATA), CALIFORNIA, OCEAN TIDES.

Subject Categories : Electric Power Production and Distribution
      Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE