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Case studies on the benefits of energy storage for power quality enhancement: oscillating water column arrays

Date: November 05, 2013 at 17:34 GMT

This paper presents case studies investigating the benefits of short term energy storage for wave farms connected to electrical networks having different grid strengths. The first network model represents the Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site (AMETS) of the Republic of Ireland, located at a significant wave resource but connected to a relatively weak network. The second network represents the Biscay Marine Energy Platform (BIMEP) test site, located off the Basque Country coast in Spain, which is connected to a relatively strong network. The case study utilises scaled real oscillating water column (OWC) device test data from the FP7 CORES project, and is intended to be a companion paper to a corresponding set of case studies performed with a point absorber farm, thus addressing two of the main wave energy technology types in the two papers. The paper investigates the impact of storage on voltage fluctuation, flicker, and power output profile. 

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