November 1, 2022
Journal Article

Evaluating the resilience benefits of marine energy in microgrids


Marine energy resources could promote clean energy and resilience of coastal and island microgrids, and thus, these applications are a key future market for marine energy development. To demonstrate these benefits, this paper illustrates how inclusion of wave resources into energy resilience solutions can improve overall grid efficiency and sustainability, as well as maintain electricity supply during grid outages. The paper describes a case study evaluation of the potential to add wave energy to the Moloka'i grid as Hawaii strives to meet a 100\% clean energy target. The Microgrid Component Optimization for Resilience tool is used to simulate operation in off-grid conditions and size different combinations of wave, solar photovoltaic (PV), wind, storage, and fuel resources required to meet resilience objectives. This research investigates how including wave resources in a microgrid contributes to reducing or eliminating biofuel generation, producing a zero-greenhouse gas emission profile in the latter case, and avoiding the over-sizing of PV and battery systems to accommodate periods of unavailability or high demand. Insight from this paper supports the value proposition of wave resources for future markets and informs the relationship between marine generators and microgrids or isolated grids.

Published: November 1, 2022


Newman S.F., D. Bhatnagar, R.S. O'Neil, A.P. Reiman, D.C. Preziuso, and B. Robertson. 2022. Evaluating the resilience benefits of marine energy in microgrids. International Journal of Marine Energy 5, no. 2:143–150. PNNL-SA-169469. doi:10.36688/imej.5.143-150