This project will evaluate the potential for nonlinear optimal control in wave energy devices to address the fundamental control challenges, including:

  • optimising in real-time a true nonlinear problem to maximise power extraction and at the same time maximising survivability.
  • practical issues, such as robustness, implementation and model derivation.

This Stage 1 project will evaluate the benefits using a simplified WEC/PTO simulation and develop the control concepts for solving these problems.

The final report is now available in the Library. Note non-members will have to register.