The Portuguese wave-power resource is estimated using 3 years of data from the U.K. Meteorological Office's wind-wave model, in addition to available wave buoy measurements for northern Portugal. The large-scale resource assessment includes basic statistics and the variability. The annual power averages 30-40 MW/km for the northern coasts, the main power being incident from directions between North and West. The variability is studied by means of power-duration curves and scatter tables. The present paper also includes a brief description of the preliminary survey of the Azores and Madeira archipelagos and of the mainland southwestern coast. © 1992.
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|Published - Mar 1992