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MS Final Examination – Mike Tavakoli

Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Hardware and Software Methods to Improve and Accelerate the Development Cycle of Wave Energy Converters
With the ever-increasing demand and competition for global energy resources among nations, it is essential to explore and tap into various energy sources to reduce dependency on global markets. Renewable energy sources offer a significant opportunity to create localized and stable energy supplies. Ocean wave energy can be a promising contributor to the renewable generation portfolio for coastal communities. Developing economically feasible wave energy converters requires thorough analysis and testing of a scaled version of these devices in test tanks prior to full scale implementation.

This work presents the design, construction, and performance of a small-scale active mooring system that can be programmed to emulate common mooring configurations for wave energy converters. This allows for a flexible, accurate, and cost-effective system to test mooring designs and their effects on overall performance and behavior of the wave energy converters. The second half of this research models and analyses the effect of adding energy storage capacity to the wave energy converters and its impact on bus voltage and output power stability. Results show that incorporating ultra-capacitors as an energy storage solution can greatly improve performance and efficiency of the overall system.

Major Advisor: Ted Brekken
Committee: Annette von Jouanne
Committee: Ean Amon
GCR: Karen Shell 

Kelley Engineering Center (campus map)
Nicole Thompson
1 541 737 3617
Nicole.Thompson at oregonstate.edu
Sch Elect Engr/Comp Sci
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