Ocean Wave Energy Conversion

Ocean Wave Energy Conversion

Resource, Technologies and Performance

1st Edition - November 16, 2017

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  • Author: Aurelien Babarit
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781785482649
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081023907

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The waves that animate the surface of the oceans represent a deposit of renewable energy that for the most part is still unexploited today. This is not for lack of effort, as for more than two hundred years inventors, researchers and engineers have struggled to develop processes and systems to recover the energy of the waves. While all of these efforts have failed to converge towards a satisfactory technological solution, the result is a rich scientific and technical literature as well as extensive and varied feedback from experience. For the uninitiated, this abundance is an obstacle. In order to facilitate familiarization with the subject, we propose in this work a summary of the state of knowledge on the potential of wave energy as well as on the processes and technologies of its recovery (wave energy converters). In particular, we focus on the problem of positioning wave energy in the electricity market, the development of wave energy conversion technologies from a historical perspective, and finally the energy performance of the devices. This work is aimed at students, researchers, developers, industry professionals and decision makers who wish to acquire a global perspective and the necessary tools to understand the field.

Key Features

  • Reviews the state of knowledge and developments on wave energy recovery
  • Presents the history of wave energy recovery
  • Classifies the various systems for recovering this type of energy


Graduate students; Engineers; Wave energy technology developers; Researchers; investors; Policy makers; General public with an interest in wave energy

Table of Contents

  • 1. Potential: Energy Resource and Markets
    2. Wave Energy Conversion: Historical Perspective
    3. Working Principles and Technologies of Wave Energy Conversion
    4. Energy Performance of Wave Energy Converters

Product details

  • No. of pages: 262
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © ISTE Press - Elsevier 2017
  • Published: November 16, 2017
  • Imprint: ISTE Press - Elsevier
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781785482649
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081023907

About the Author

Aurelien Babarit

Aurélien Babarit is head of the Marine and Ocean Energies team at the LHEEA laboratory of the École Centrale de Nantes - CNRS and director of the GDR Énergies Marines Renouvelables (CNRS) in France. Since 2002, his research has focused on the modeling and optimization of wave energy converters.

Affiliations and Expertise

Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Nantes, France

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