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Volume 11, issue 4
Ocean Sci., 11, 543–557, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-11-543-2015
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Special issue: Oceanographic processes on the continental shelf: observations...

Ocean Sci., 11, 543–557, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-11-543-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 09 Jul 2015

Research article | 09 Jul 2015

Investigation of suitable sites for wave energy converters around Sicily (Italy)

C. Iuppa1, L. Cavallaro1, D. Vicinanza2, and E. Foti1 C. Iuppa et al.
  • 1Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Catania Via Santa Sofia 64, 95123 Catania, Italy
  • 2Department of Civil Engineering, Design, Building and Environment, Second University of Naples, Via Roma 29, 81031 Aversa, Caserta, Italy

Abstract. An analysis of wave energy along the coasts of Sicily (Italy) is presented with the aim of selecting possible sites for the implementation of wave energy converters (WECs). The analysis focuses on the selection of hotspot areas of energy concentration. A third-generation model was adopted to reconstruct the wave data along the coast over a period of 14 years. The reconstruction was performed using the wave and wind data from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts. The analysis of wave energy allowed us to characterise the most energetic zones, which are located on the western side of Sicily and on the Strait of Sicily. Moreover, the estimate of the annual wave power on the entire computational domain identified eight interesting sites. The main features of the sites include relatively high wave energy and proximity to the coast, which makes them possible sites for the implementation of WEC farms.

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The paper describes the analysis of wave energy along the coast of Sicily (Italy). A third-generation model was adopted to reconstruct the wave data along the coast over a period of 14 years. The analysis of the wave energy allowed characterising the most energetic zones and to individuate eight hotspots suitable for the implementation of wave energy converter farms.
The paper describes the analysis of wave energy along the coast of Sicily (Italy). A...
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