Recently, Associate Professor Xiongbo ZHENG of the School of Mathematics and Associate Professor Binzhen ZHOU of the School of Shipping, published three high-level papers in the world’s top journals of Energy, Machinery and other fields, respectively. The purpose of this study is to make use of the breakwater to protect against the rough waves and to use the wave energy along with, wave prevention and wave elimination. This is an important progress made by the school in the research field of theory and application of the combination of wave energy and breakwater, which has reached the international advanced level.
Xiongbo ZHENG, Associate Professor of Marine Renewable Energy research team, acted as the corresponding author. He has completed the Hydrodynamic response and power efficiency analysis of saving wave energy converter integrated with breakwater, which was published in the international high-level journal Energy Conversion and Management (impact factor 7.181). Another member, Associate Professor Binzhen ZHOU, as a corresponding author has completed the thesis of Hydrodynamic performance of a dual floating hybrid system combining a floating breakwater and a surging buoy type wave energy converter and Hydrodynamic performance of a floating breakwater as an surging buoy type wave energy converter, which has been published online in the international high-level Journal Applied Energy (impact factor 8.426).
Wave energy is one of the most important renewable energy in ocean energy. However, due to the large volume of wave energy device carrier, high construction cost and no guarantee of safety, it is difficult to promote the industrial application of wave energy utilization technology. Our school’s Marine renewable energy research team has innovatively proposed the “dolphin” heave float wave energy conversion technology combined with the floating breakwater. The wave energy is used in wave prevention and wave elimination. It not only reduces the cost, but also improves the safety of the device. Henceforth, it puts forward an economic and reliable solution for wave energy utilization.
Our University’s Marine renewable energy research team, which has long been at the leading level in the field of tidal energy in China, led by Professor Liang ZHANG, the former team leader, joined the team led by Xiongbo ZHENG, a Professor from the School of Mathematics. In 2011, the research direction began to expand to the field of wave energy. From the perspective of the combination of Science and Engineering, the research began to focus on wave energy, wave prevention and wave elimination, which are rarely studied in the world since 2016. Thus, the breakthrough research results have been achieved.
The prototype of wave energy device with this technology has been tested in July this year and is in good condition. In the future, the technology is expected to be used in desalination, Hydrogen and Nitrogen production, as well as, in solving the problems of power supply and domestic water for island residents.
Hydrodynamic response and power efficiency analysis of heaving wave energy converter integrated with breakwateris published on Energy Conversion and Management.
Hydrodynamic performance of a dual-floater hybrid system combining a floating breakwater and an oscillating-buoy type wave energy converter and Hydrodynamic performance of a floating breakwater as an oscillating-buoy type wave energy converter, have been published online on an international top journal of Applied Energy.
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