Carnegie Wave Energy Designs and Builds the World’s First Operating Wave Farm with Model-Based Design
Uses MATLAB and Simulink to generate clean energy from ocean waves
today announced that Carnegie
Wave Energy has used Model-Based
Design to design and build the world’s only operating wave farm. MATLAB
enabled Carnegie Wave Energy’s (Carnegie) engineers to develop unique
technology for generating clean electric power from the ocean’s waves.
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CETO 5 Single Unit: Carnegie Wave Energy's CETO 5 unit design as it will appear off Garden Island for the world-first, grid connected Perth Wave Energy Project. (Photo: Business Wire)
As part of the Perth Wave Energy Project (PWEP), Carnegie needed to
demonstrate the viability of its CETO technology, which generates power
from ocean swells via submerged buoys. Engineers needed to analyze loads
placed on mechanical components and to estimate energy output without
building a scale model of the entire system. The team used Simulink and SimHydraulics
to model the wave energy system, including hydraulic and
electromechanical components, which minimized scale testing and offered
critical design insights. MATLAB helped to analyze and visualize
simulation and test data, and also accelerated sensitivity studies.
“We can’t afford the time and expense of building and analyzing multiple
physical prototypes,” said Jonathan Fiévez, Chief Technology Officer at
Carnegie. “Instead, we put the effort into virtual prototyping and
getting the design right in Simulink. Simulation reduces risk and
fosters innovation because we can use it to quickly test novel ideas.”
“As companies work on technology to help generate clean energy, they
need innovative ways to prove the systems they design will work ---
without investing resources in building out a full scale model that may
be far from final,” said Graham Dudgeon, Energy Industry Manager,
MathWorks. “With Model-Based Design, companies can iterate on and test
virtual prototypes to quickly arrive at the most successful mix of
components and models within the design.”
Simulink was used to simulate a virtual prototype of the CETO 5
technology, where pumps actuated by the motion of the
11-meter-in-diameter buoys pressurize water to drive hydroelectric
conversion devices, generating up to 240 kW of power per unit. After
analyzing test result data in MATLAB to validate their models, engineers
found that initial tests suggest a strong correlation between the
modeled and measured results. Carnegie is currently working on CETO 6,
which has a targeted power output of 1 MW per buoy and will be located
offshore of Garden Island, Western Australia.
To learn more about Carnegie Wave’s use of MATLAB and Simulink, read the
user story, “Carnegie
Wave Energy Designs and Builds the World’s First Operating Wave Farm,”
and watch this video
of the CETO 5 unit.
MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software.
MATLAB, the language of technical computing, is a programming
environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and
numeric computation. Simulink is a graphical environment for simulation
and Model-Based Design for multidomain dynamic and embedded systems.
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(September 16, 2015 - 9:30 AM EDT)
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