Wave Energy Research in Ireland

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

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Engineering 1986


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 | Renewable energy | Water waves | Electric power | Oscillations | Wave generation | Energy measurement | Ireland | Europe

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