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Installing U-OWC devices along Italian coasts

TitleInstalling U-OWC devices along Italian coasts
Publication TypePresentazione a Congresso
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsArena, F., Fiamma V., Laface V., Malara G., Romolo A., Viviano A., Sannino Gianmaria, and Carillo Adriana
Conference NameProceedings of the International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering - OMAE
Conference LocationNantes
ISBN Number9780791855423
KeywordsArctic engineering, electrical power, Engineering laboratories, Field experiment, Green ports, Laboratories, Natural resonance, Ocean engineering, Oscillating water column, Tyrrhenian Sea, Water waves, Wave energy conversion, Wave energy converters, Wave power

In the last decades, the research has directed its efforts and resources paper is to investigate towards the possibility to incorporate wave energy converters, into the traditional maritime breakwaters to combine classical use with new opportunities and developments (for example, the Green Ports). Since the nineties, the OWC (Oscillating Water Column) plants were developed at full scale to produce electrical power from ocean waves. For instance, a new plant was built in Mutriku (Spain) recently. A new kind of OWC caisson, named U-OWC or REWEC3, which has the advantage to obtain an impressive natural resonance without any device for phase control, has been patented by Boccotti [1]. This new U-OWC device gives performances better than those of a conventional OWC either with small wind waves or with high waves [2,3,4]. The properties of the REWEC3 have been verified with two smallscale field experiments carried out in the natural ocean engineering laboratory NOEL of Reggio Calabria off the eastern coast of the Sicily Channel [5-7]. The aim of the present two sites along Italian coasts for possible installations of REWEC3 devices: i) the port of Civitavecchia (Rome, Italy)in the Tyrrhenian sea; ii) the port of Pantelleria, in the Sicily Channel. © 2013 by ASME.

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