ESR 2: Aalborg University

Secondments: SWIRL GENERATORS LTD

The aim of the research is to develop new control algorithms for the operation of wave energy devices to optimize the produced electrical power in a stochastic environment. In practical applications, there are several constraints on the motions of the absorber and the actuator force. These have a significant influence on maximization of absorbed power. To this end, the research focuses on stochastic constrained optimal control problems. A large part of the work will be in cooperation with a wave energy company (SWIRL GENERATORS LTD), in Trinity College, Dublin. The controller will generally be useful for hydraulic PTO control and optimization for other wave energy converters. For the published papers refer to the “Outreach” page.