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A global analysis of the operation and maintenance role on the placing of wave energy farms

Abstract: In this work an analysis of suitable locations for the development of wave energy farms is carried out based on representative operation and maintenance parameters. The analysis is applied globally on the basis of long-term global climate data set. Availability and accessibility levels are assessed first by considering different wave height thresholds. Secondly, the O&M access limits are quantified in terms of the weather windows and waiting period between them considering different windows lengths and scenarios. Finally, the O&M cost per kW h is calculated for a wave energy converter based on a point absorber concept. O&M costs has been calculated following the methodology proposed on Guanche et al. (2014). As expected, results show that locations with mild wave climate have very low O&M costs per kW h. Some areas with high wave resource, such as Scotland, Spain or Nova Scotia present reasonable O&M costs compared to the power production in these areas. However, other locations with high resource like Chile or Australia resulted in extremely high O&M costs due to the inaccessibility of these sites during long periods of time.

 Fuente: Energy Conversion and Management Volume 106, December 2015, Pages 440–456

Editorial: Elsevier

 Fecha de publicación: 01/12/2015

Nº de páginas: 17

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1016/j.enconman.2015.09.022

ISSN: 0196-8904,1879-2227

 Proyecto español: ENE2013-48716-R

Url de la publicación: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enconman.2015.09.022