The present paper deals with a preliminary study on an Oscillating Water Column Wave Energy Converter (OWCWEC). The energy conversion is based on a straight-bladed Darrieus type wind turbine. The design of the turbine for maximum power coefficient is discussed.
A physical laboratory scale OWC wave energy converter model was built to measure velocity field in the column. The air column was built using transparent materials to allow Particle Image Velocimetry measurements. Velocity field around air turbine rotor was measured by means of PIV.
The measured velocities with and without the air turbine are used as inputs in the design procedure and to calibrate and test mathematical models.
Moreover, design criteria were obtained using experimental and mathematical results.