Oscillating water column power conversion: A technology review

Nicola Delmonte, Davide Barater, Francesco Giuliani, Paolo Cova, Giampaolo Buticchi

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20 Citations (Scopus)


Ocean waves are a huge, largely unexploited energy resource, and the potential for extracting energy from waves is great. Research in this area is driven by the need to meet renewable energy targets, but it is relatively immature compared to other renewable energy technologies. This brief review introduces some device types that represent the state of the art of Oscillating Water Column (OWC) technologies, a kind of Wave Energy Converter (WEC). Unlike other works in literature, typically limited to specific aspects of WECs, in this paper will be pursued a system wide perspective, from the sea waves to the grid connection, with a particular focus on the power electronics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2014 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, ECCE 2014
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781479956982
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

Name2014 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, ECCE 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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