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Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Wave Energy Capacity in the Northern South China Sea Region Using the SWAN Model

Author(s): Tianan Deng; Huan-Feng Duan; Jinghua Wang; Alireza Keramat

Linked Author(s): Tianan DENG, Huan-Feng Duan, Alireza Keramat

Keywords: Wave energy assessment; Northern South China Sea (NSCS); Wave action equation; Temporal-spatial distribution

Abstract: Facing the issues of the energy crisis, the declining fossil fuel resources and increasing demands of energy sources urge people to put their eyes on new renewable energy. In recent years, many densely populated coastal cities begin to take their environmental advantages to exploit oceanic energy, such as wave energy, tidal energy, and salinity gradient energy, etc. Thereinto, wave energy is considered as the most potential resource for exploitation with high power density, no environmental impact, and relatively low cost. The Great Bay Area (GBA), one of the most rapidly developing regions in China, with a growing number of industries and immigrants, is also suffering from the energy shortage. To this end, exploiting wave energy within the GBA could be a way to mitigate the energy tension in this region. However, the efficiency of wave energy exploitation firmly depends on the deployment of wave energy converters (WEC). Therefore, it is essential to clearly characterize the temporal-spatial distribution of wave energy. In this study, we use the third-generation wave model – SWAN to assess the wave potential within the GBA. The outcome is expected to provide guidance for wave energy utilization in this area.


Year: 2022

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