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SNL-SWAN (Sandia National Laboratories – Simulating WAves Nearshore) is an open source wave energy converter (WEC) array simulation tool. The code is a modification of the open source code, SWAN (Simulating WAves Nearshore) developed by TU Delft. The SNL-SWAN code includes the addition of a WEC Module which improves how SWAN accounts for power performance of WECs and the effects on the wave field. For more information on the implementation and application of SNL-SWAN, please refer to the SNL-SWAN website.  SNL-SWAN user questions should be posted on the SNL-SWAN online forum. The SNL-SWAN project is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind and Water Power Technologies Office.

SNL-SWAN Development

[1] K. Ruehl, Aaron Porter, Ari Posner, and Jesse Roberts, “Development of SNL-SWAN, a Validated Wave Energy Converter Array Modeling Tool,” in Proceedings of the 10th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference, Denmark, 2013.

[2] A. Porter, K. Ruehl, and C. Chartrand, “Further Development of SNL-SWAN, a Validated Wave Energy Converter Array Modeling Tool,” in Proceedings of the 2nd Marine Energy Technology Symposium, Seattle, WA, USA, 2014.

[3] Porter, K. Ruehl, C. Chartrand, and H. Smith, “Development and Release of the Open-Source Wave Climate Environment Assessment Tool SNL-SWAN,” in Proceedings of the 3rd Marine Energy Technology Symposium, Washington DC USA, 2015.

[4] Ruehl, A. Porter, C. Chartrand, H. Smith, G. Chang, and J. Roberts, “Development, Verification and Application of the SNL-SWAN Open Source Wave Farm Code,” in Proceedings of the 11th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference, Nantes, France, 2015.

SNL-SWAN Application

[1] Grace Chang, Jason Magalen, Craig Jones, and Jesse Roberts, “Investigation of Wave Energy Converter Effects on Wave Fields: A Modeling Sensitivity Study in Monterey Bay, CA,” SAND2014-16840.

[2] Grace Chang, Craig Jones, and Jesse Roberts, “Investigation of Wave Energy Converter Effects on Near-shore Wave Fields: Model Generation, Validation and Evaluation – Kaneohe Bay, HI“, SAND2014-17400.

[3] Craig Jones, Jason Magalen, and Jesse Roberts, “Wave Energy Converter (WEC) Array Effects on Wave, Current, and Sediment Circulation: Monterey Bay, CA,” SAND2014-17401.

[4] Grace Chang, Jason Magalen, Craig Jones, Jesse Roberts, “Wave Energy Converter Effects on Wave Fields: Evaluation of SNL-SWAN and Sensitivity Studies in Monterey Bay, CA,” SAND2014-17460.

[5] Grace Chang, Jason Magalen, Craig Jones, and Jesse Roberts, “Investigation of Wave Energy Converter Effects on the Nearshore Environment: A Month-Long Study in Monterey Bay, CA,” SAND2014-17474.

[6] G. Chang, K. Ruehl, C. A. Jones, J. Roberts, and C. Chartrand, “Numerical modeling of the effects of wave energy converter characteristics on nearshore wave conditions,” Renewable Energy, vol. 89, pp. 636–648, 2016.