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Spatial Variability Of Wave Energy Resources Around The Canary Islands

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/CP130021

Volume

169

Pages

12

Page Range

15 - 26

Published

2013

Size

769 kb

Author(s)

H. Chiri, M. Pacheco & G. Rodríguez

Abstract

Spatial variability of wave energy resource around the coastal waters of the Canary Archipelago is assessed by using a long-term data set derived by means of hindcasting techniques. Results reveal the existence of large differences in the energetic content available in different zones of the archipelago, mainly during spring and autumn. Areas with a higher wave power level are the north edge of Lanzarote, western side of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, north and northwest in La Palma and El Hierro, as well as the north coast of Tenerife. The available energy potential slightly decreases in the north side of Gran Canaria and La Gomera. In general, only north and west edges of the archipelago during winter and autumn show practical interest for the use of existing wave energy conversion devices. Keywords: wave energy, spatial variability, wave hindcasting, Canary Islands.

Keywords

wave energy, spatial variability, wave hindcasting, Canary Islands.