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 Mohua Das,M. Rafiqul Islam,Tariqul Islam Shazeeb.Analysis of Wave Energy Resources Around the Saint Martin Island in Bangladesh[J].Journal of Marine Science and Application,2021,(2):248-267.[doi:10.1007/s11804-021-00208-z]
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Analysis of Wave Energy Resources Around the Saint Martin Island in Bangladesh


Analysis of Wave Energy Resources Around the Saint Martin Island in Bangladesh
Mohua Das M. Rafiqul Islam Tariqul Islam Shazeeb
Mohua Das M. Rafiqul Islam Tariqul Islam Shazeeb
Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh
Renewable energyOcean wavesSaint Martin IslandDelft3DWave power densityStability
Saint Martin Island is the only coral island and one of the well-known tourist spots in Bangladesh. Because of its geographic location, electricity cannot be supplied from the mainland through the electricity grid. Diesel generators and solar power are the only means of electricity generation presently available there. Surrounded by the sea, Saint Martin Island has the ideal conditions for wave energy extraction. In this research, numerical models have been developed using the Delft3D simulation software to determine the wave characteristics of different locations around Saint Martin Island. The results have been calibrated and validated against the data obtained from well-known data sources. The wave power densities have been calculated using the data obtained from the simulation models. The findings of the research show that the wave power density increases significantly from shallow water to deep water and a large amount of wave energy can be extracted during the summer and rainy monsoon seasons. The maximum hourly average value of wave power in 2016 has been determined to be 6.90 kW/m at location with a water depth of 27.80 m. Wave energy resources are also observed to be sufficiently stable with the coefficients of variation of wave power density less than 0.62, except for December, January, and May of that particular year. Moreover, the annual effective energies have been determined to be within the range of 36.57 to 57.28 MWh/m, which will be sufficient to meet the electricity requirement of the island communities.


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Received date:2020-05-10;Accepted date:2021-02-14。
Corresponding author:Mohua Das, mohuadas@name.buet.ac.bd
Last Update: 2021-09-06