This guidance document specifies techniques which can be used to determine how much wave energy is available at a particular location or in a particular region. It is intended for use by planners and developers of wave energy schemes and designers and developers of WECS.
The guidance given includes the derivation of wave energy resource information from both wave model results and from wave measurements. In the case of wave measurements the treatment includes descriptions of a number of measuring systems, as well as the principles of quality control and spectral analysis.
The document has been submitted as the basis for the international standard IEC TS 62600-101 Wave energy resource characterization and assessment, due to be published around mid 2013.