WEC Array Power Management & Output Tool

This project creates a publicly accessible numerical modeling toolset to empower the wave energy sector to design projects of various scales (kW-100s MW), which are optimized on a plant performance basis and are compatible with different power systems and wave conditions. This design and analysis toolset will integrate with WEC-Sim, a wave environment model (SWAN-FUNWAVE), as well as established, relevant electrical analysis tools, such as PLEXOS, REOpt or DER-CAM, to model the grid system and interconnection, forecast short-term power output and optimize power output and power management for the WEC array. Additionally, the frameworks and portions of the tools and linkages developed for the WEC effort can be leveraged in future efforts to develop a similar toolset for tidal and river/ocean current energy plants.