Goncalves, M. and Guedes Soares, C. (2021), “Assessment of the wave energy resource in the Azores coastal area”, Developments in Renewable Energies Offshore, Guedes Soares, C. (Ed.), Taylor and Francis, London, UK, pp. 26-33.

The purpose of this work is to provide information on the wave energy resource along the Azores Islands. This study presents a numerical analysis of the sea state conditions and wave energy availability. Using spectral boundary conditions from WW3, provided by Ifremer, the SWAN model is used to study the wave evolution in the Azores coastal area (35?N-41?N, 36?W-24?W). The wind input fields used are from ERA5 data base, produced by the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecast (ECMWF), with time steps of 6 hours, provided over a grid of 0.25?x0.25? resolution, for a 5-year period between 2012 and 2016. The geographical distribution of the significant wave height and wave energy resource is evaluated. Month-ly means, inter-annual and seasonal variability are assessed showing the energy flux ranges.

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