Wave modeling

Via Bill Lydgate, Humboldt Surfrider’s WaveConnect stakeholder (along with Scott Willits):


This wave modeling study will be included in the FERC pilot license application due to be filed at the end of this month. The wave modeling study may now be distributed as a draft/review copy. The study will probably be revised once the project location is finalized and the wave energy conversion devices are selected. The comments section on the Surfrider blog may be a good way for community members to comment on the study. I also have a few hard copies if anyone wants to review a paper copy.


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  1. I was really impressed after I had read through this report. Most all of my preconceived questions were answered. Everything from the density placement of the WECs, the effects the WECs will have on the waves, and the amount of power produced depending on the wave direction, height, and period. However, after reading this report, I thought of a few more questions concerning the project.

    Since this project is really an experiment to produce more results to answer some unknowns of capturing the oceans power, will this project involve a few types of WEC or just one? Nothing was really stated about this. If we use a few different designs, the results for this project will not be focused on the impacts of each particular WEC. However, by using a few deigns, more graphs and results will be available for untested WECs. It’s a give and take. I personally would love to see more results for a wide variety of WECs. Our results would change, where we would be finding the average WECs effect on the shadowing areas instead of individual WECs. It may be found more helpful in other areas where their project sites may benefit from a point absorber (WEC type 1) oppose to an attenuator (WEC type 2)

    Another thought came up about underwater erosion. Since underwater erosion is a concern, the project should also observe and record land erosion. Both underwater and shore erosion are interconnected. What I mean, as turbidity currents cause more erosion to approach our shores, steeper slopes cause more pressure on our shoreline. As an effect we see land erosion. In Humboldt, erosion on our beaches are not threading concerns for our community. However, other communities may find it useful to plan out future project sites if it is known as an erosion inhibitor or magnifier, like La Jolla or Santa Barbara. These WECs may be able to kill two birds with one stone, produce energy and play a part of erosion control.
    I can’t wait to see the progress of this project. It could be the WAVE of the future.

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