Advancing marine energy by expanding scientific understanding, engaging stakeholders, and educating students
PMEC is a consortium of universities focused on the responsible advancement of marine energy, including wave, tidal, riverine, and offshore wind resources. Researchers from the University of Washington, Oregon State University, and University of Alaska Fairbanks work closely with marine energy technology developers, academic and National Laboratory researchers, coastal community members, ocean users, federal and state regulators, and other government officials to address key challenges in the sector and accelerate its emergence.
PMEC serves as an objective voice regarding the opportunities, capabilities, and effects of marine energy.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee and his staff joined a research team from PMEC and the University of Washington's Applied Physics Lab and Mechanical Engineering Department for a data collection trip on Lake Washington aboard the R/V Russell Davis Light research vessel.
KING 5, the NBC affiliate in Seattle/Tacoma, covered the testing of tidal and current energy turbines using the UW-APL R/V Light, which was specially outfitted for that purposed.
At the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, hydrokinetic energy is more than just a research topic, it is a possible solution to some pressing local challenges. There are more than two hundred remote villages in Alaska that currently depend on high-polluting diesel generators for power production.
6 months of high-tech marine monitoring using just the power of the Hawaiian waves. A new video from UW-APL explains this impressive accomplishment and interviews several of the PMEC/APL researchers involved in the project.
A story in the Environmental Monitor highlights PMEC’s Adaptable Monitoring Package (AMP) and Wave-powered Adaptable Monitoring Package (WAMP).
A segment on NPR’s popular Science Friday called “Renewable Energy Makes Waves In Oregon” features the PacWave project.
A feature in Columns, the alumni magazine of the University of Washington, describes recent testing of wave energy converters at the Wave Energy Test Site in Kaneohe, Hawaii, as well as the broader set of challenges in marine energy being confronted by PMEC.
Because a wave energy farm has no control over converging waves, the wave energy conversion devices themselves must be controlled. PMEC researchers study device control methods that can allow operators to get the power they want, when they want it.
The UAF Alaska Blue Economy Center (ABEC) was recently established to help advance new research, education and economic opportunities for Alaska. Read here: http://acep.uaf.edu/acep-news/2019/20-may-acep-this-week/alaska-positioned-to-be-leader-in-blue-economy.aspx
A series of experiments in the Alice C. Tyler flume at the University of Washington assessed performance of a cross-flow turbine under speed- or torque-regulated flow.
Sound produced by marine energy converters may be audible to marine life, but measuring these sounds is difficult. DAISYs are our answer: low-cost, accurate instrumentation specifically built for marine energy sites.
Because wave energy conditions are widely variable, a wave energy converter's (WEC) control system should ideally be able to instantaneously adjust to marine conditions to increase power capture and improve survivability. But non-linear WEC control approaches that integrate advanced logic and machine learning approaches need further development and testing to be viable for commercial use.
Floating offshore wind devices have great potential for energy generation in deep water. This PMEC project set out to optimize mooring and anchoring in an array of floating wind turbines by identifying which anchors in an array are most important to strengthen.
The team set out to evaluate changes in cross-flow turbine power output and structural loads at various stages of barnacle colonization on turbine blades.
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