Wave Energy Research in Ireland

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by Anthony W. Lewis, Univ Coll Cork, Cork, Irel, Univ Coll Cork, Cork, Ireland,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Utilization of Ocean Waves—Wave to Energy Conversion

Abstract: Measurements taken at several locations off the Irish coast show that the average power intensity available to Ireland well exceeds 20 kW/m. Several projects have been undertaken in an effort to exploit the waves. These include model tests of an Oscillating Water Column (O. W. C. ) and a full-scale study at Bull Rock. Results from an orifice study at Bull Rock show that a peak air power output was 572 kW. The wave-induced pressure at Bull Rock was large enough to dislodge an 8-tonne concrete cap placed over the air column. The converted wave power at Bull Rock will provide heating of a light house on the top of the Rock.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Rocks | Model tests | Electric power | Water waves | Hydrologic models | Columns | Structural models | Europe | Ireland

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