Using smart energy control technology to combine wind and wave power could provide all the world’s electricity needs – thanks to research from the University of Birmingham. Scientists at the University propose integrating wind and wave energy generation so that the system’s overall power output becomes very smooth and can be easily connected to national power grids. The proposal would do away with the need for expensive power converters and battery storage, overcoming the two major challenges of wave energy generation – efficiently converting irregular, slow, high-force motion into electrical power and making wave generator output power with acceptable quality to the utility network. Professor Xiao-Ping Zhang, Director of Smart Grid, Birmingham Energy Institute at the University of Birmingham, outlined the proposal in his keynote speech on wind-wave energy system integration at the recent 2019 UNESCO International Water Conference, in Paris.
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