Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis of Marine and Hydrokinetic Reference Models: Preprint

Dale Jenne, Yi-Hsiang Yu, Vincent Neary

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In 2010 the U.S. Department of Energy initiated the development of six marine energy converter reference models. The reference models are point designs of well-known marine energy converters. Each device was designed to operate in a specific marine resource, instead of a generic device that can be deployed at any location. This method allows each device to be used as a benchmark for future reference model to benchmark future devices. The six designs consist of three current energy converters and three wave energy converters. The reference model project has generated both technical and economic data sets that are available in the public domain. The methodology to calculate the levelized cost of energy for the reference model project and an overall comparison of the cost of energy from these six reference-model designs are presented in this paper.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2015
Event3rd Marine Energy Technology Symposium (METS 2015) - Washington, D.C.
Duration: 27 Apr 201529 Apr 2015


Conference3rd Marine Energy Technology Symposium (METS 2015)
CityWashington, D.C.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5000-64013


  • designs
  • marine and hydrokinetic
  • marine energy converters
  • MHK
  • NREL
  • reference models


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