Edgar Mendoza-Baldwin, Rodolfo Silva-Casarín, Rafael Sánchez-Dirzo, Xavier Chávez-Cárdenas


This paper presents the results of exhaustive experimental work focused on evaluating the efficiency of two devices as wave energy converters and as coastal protection alternatives. The first device is a wave amplifier that by means of overtopping stores water in a reservoir where potential energy can be used to produce power. The second device, the Blow-Jet, is a novel proposal that gathers together the operation of a tapchan and a blowhole to generate an intermittent jet that can easily feed a turbine. Results show that for both devices there is a strong dependency on the wave climate but that there is a possibility of optimizing geometric designs. Transmission coefficient values obtained for the Blow-Jet point to a real chance for its use as a multi-purpose coastal structure.


wave energy conversion; tapchan; blow-jet; shore protection

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.9753/icce.v32.structures.62