Review of oscillating water column converters

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

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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 review introduces some device types that represent the state of the art of Oscillating Water Column (OWC) technology, 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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number07297842
Pages (from-to)1698-1710
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Transactions on Industry Applications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Control strategies
  • Ducted air turbines
  • Ocean energy
  • Oscillating water column
  • Wave energy converter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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