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An approach to wave energy converter applications in Eregli on the western Black Sea coast of Turkey

June 26, 2014

Major renewable energy types that are natural and sustainable and do not harm the environment include water, wind, solar, geothermal, hydrogen, oceanic, biofuel (organic fuel), wave and tidal energies. Of these, wave energy is a type of inexpensive and clean energy that does not require capital input and any costs except for those of initial investment and maintenance, does not release any pollutants into the atmosphere and thus presents a huge potential. The total amount of coal consumed in Eregli on the west coast of the Black Sea accounts for about 29% of overall coal consumption in Zonguldak. Although the heavy industry in Eregli is still dependent on fossil fuels, the satisfaction of the energy needs of even households in Eregli through renewable energy sources, mainly wave energy is of utmost importance to not only build a clean and healthy environment but also to achieve a cheap energy in Eregli, where a large amount of coal is consumed. Wave energy production seems more suited, at least in the beginning, for shoreline converters in Eregli. Eregli has suitable areas for the installation of an oscillating water column and tapered channel systems in terms of its geological features.

Keskin Citiroglu H, Okur A, in press: An approach to wave energy converter applications in Eregli on the western Black Sea coast of Turkey, Applied Energy, doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2014.05.053. Article (subscription required).

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