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Average Wave Hours & Height per Year Assumptions
The wave height required for a WEC's peak power depends on the WEC characteristics, accordingly, a low average globally available near shore
wave height of: 1.5 m (5 feet) has been selected
Globally, ocean waves of 1.5 m or more in height are available for 73% of year and most locations are are calm for 5% of year.
For 22% of year ocean waves can produce peak power for 7% of the time.
Therefore avg. waves (globally near shore) provide peak power for 80% of year which is: 292 – 24 hr days/yr or 7,000 hr / yr
Also: Andrew D. Short 2005, in “Beaches of the New South Wales Coast”
reports that Per Year:
Avg. Wave Height = 1.6 m
Avg. Wave Period = 10 sec.
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