INNOVATIVE BREAKWATERS DESIGN FOR WAVE ENERGY CONVERSION

Diego Vicinanza, D. Stagonas, G. Müller, J. H. Nørgaard, T.L. Andersen

Abstract


This paper intends contributing to an economically and environmentally sustainable development of coastal infrastructures by investigating the possibility of combining together breakwaters and Wave Energy Converters (WEC). The latter change the wave energy to electricity, which may serve both the rubble mound breakwaters and seawalls related activity and the energy demand of small human communities. Wave loadings and overtopping on a seawall and rubble mound breakwater with front reservoir are discussed on the basis of physical 2-D model tests carried out at University of Southampton (UK) and Aalborg University (DK).

Keywords


wave energy converters; seawalls; rubble mound breakwaters; front reservoir

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