Encyclopedia of Ocean Engineering

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Design of Renewable Energy Devices

  • Zhiyu JiangEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6963-5_198-1



Design is the creation and specification of a structure that fulfills the requirements of functionality, serviceability, and survivability during its lifetime.


Renewable energy devices exist in various forms. Wind turbines, wave energy converters, tidal turbines, and photovoltaic systems are typical devices that convert energy, respectively, from wind, wave, tidal, and solar resources into electrical power.

Figure 1(left) shows an offshore wind turbine which is composed of blades, nacelle, drivetrain, control systems, support structures, and so forth. During operation, the cyclic revolutions of the rotor are driven by the aerodynamic, gravitational, and inertial loads on the blades. The kinetic energy is further transferred to the electrical generator through...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Engineering SciencesUniversity of AgderGrimstadNorway

Section editors and affiliations

  • Zhen Gao
    • 1
  1. 1.Norwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway