- There is a continuing and increasing need to develop renewable energy technologies that are efficient, cost-effective and produce usable forms of energy. Wave energy converters (WECs) have an opportunity to play a key and significant role in the integration of renewable energy technologies on a commercial scale.
It is estimated that waves off the United States coast could provide ~64% of U.S electricity generation in 2018 . A priority requirement to assist marine energy development is a better understanding what types of WECs are currently being developed and their current associated power production performance estimates.
This report explains the key differences between different WECs and the various power take-off (PTO) systems within then. Overviews of how the WEC operates, basic dimensions of the WEC, and a performance matrix are provided for each WEC archetype. The performance matrices illustrate the amount of power generated based on the significant wave height and the wave energy period, as per the International Electrotechnical Commission TC-114 Technical Specifications.