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Optimization of an energy harvesting buoy for coral reef monitoring

A Pirisi, F Grimaccia, M Mussetta, RE Zich, R Johnstone, M Palaniswami, S Rajasegarar

2013 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation | Published : 2013

Abstract

The sustainable management of coastal and offshore ecosystems, such as for example coral reef environments, requires an energy efficient collection of accurate data across various temporal and spatial scales. To suitably address the energy supply of marine sensors, in this paper a novel energy harvesting device is proposed, based on a Tubular Permanent Magnet-Linear Generator (TPM-LiG). The application is related to the sea wave energy conversion for small sensorized buoy. The optimization process is developed by means of evolutionary computation techniques. The advantage of these algorithms is in the wide exploration of the variables space and in the effective exploitation of the fitness fu..

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