UW Magazine: Converting ocean waves into electricity poses challenges—and promise

UW Magazine: Converting ocean waves into electricity poses challenges—and promise

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.

Nonlinear Control for Wave Energy Converters: getting the power we want, when we want it

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.

UAF/ACEP: Alaska Positioned to Be Leader in Blue Economy

UAF/ACEP: Alaska Positioned to Be Leader in Blue Economy

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

PMEC Students and Faculty Attend Water Power Week in Washington D.C.

The 2019 International Marine Renewable Energy Conference (IMREC) was hosted in Washington D.C. last week alongside the National Hydropower Association’s annual conference and the Marine Energy Technology Symposium (METS). The event was an excellent opportunity for PMEC researchers from OSU, UW, and UAF to convene and share their work, both among each other and across the marine energy field at large.

KING5: Researchers in Sequim studying how new energy technology could impact fish

KING5: Researchers in Sequim studying how new energy technology could impact fish

Story from Seattle’s KING5 covers research on marine environmental impacts of marine energy technology using the Adaptable Monitoring Package (AMP).

DOE/WPTO: Powering the Blue Economy - Exploring Opportunities for Marine Renewable Energy in Maritime Markets

DOE/WPTO: Powering the Blue Economy - Exploring Opportunities for Marine Renewable Energy in Maritime Markets

A new report funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO), Powering the Blue Economy: Exploring Opportunities for Marine Renewable Energy in Maritime Markets, explores a compelling set of eight blue economy opportunities that could be supported by marine and hydrokinetic technologies.

PMEC - The Promise of the Ocean, the Challenge of the Problem, and the Blending of Disciplines

An individual may never be an expert in marine energy. There are plenty of experts working in the field, but they are experts in hydrodynamics, acoustics, control systems, design, oceanography, coastal dynamics, sociology, community dynamics, marine biology, naval engineering, mechanics, robotics, natural resource management, or one of many other disciplines which make up the community here at PMEC. That’s right, they are all here - and that is what makes PMEC so special.

UW-APL: Riding Waves to Generate Electricity

UW-APL: Riding Waves to Generate Electricity

A YouTube video from the Applied Physics Lab at UW shows MiniWEC, a small Wave Energy Converter test platform under development by PMEC. With it, APL-UW researchers are making important contributions to the marine renewable energy community — scalable hydrodynamic WEC models and adaptive computer controls to maximize energy capture.

UW Engineering: Underwater sensors for monitoring sea life (and where to find them)

UW Engineering: Underwater sensors for monitoring sea life (and where to find them)

A UW team created a mechanical eye under the ocean’s surface that could live near renewable-energy sites and use a series of sensors to watch nearby animals. On Dec. 13, the researchers put the newest version of the AMP into the waters of Seattle’s Portage Bay for two weeks of preliminary testing before a more thorough analysis is conducted in Sequim, Washington.

Navy: NAVFAC EXWC Supports Successful Test of Wave Energy Converter Powering

Navy: NAVFAC EXWC Supports Successful Test of Wave Energy Converter Powering

A press release from the Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC) describes the most recent round of Wave Energy Converter (WEC) testing at the U.S. Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site (WETS), including PMEC’s participation.

Wave Energy Prize winners, Aquaharmonics, test wave energy converter at O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory

After 11 days of testing in the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Lab (HWRL), Alex Hagmuller and Max Ginsburg of Aquaharmonics left with high hopes. The team of Oregon State University graduates is testing a 1/20th scale version of the device concept that won the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wave Energy Prize.

UAF: Data Collected Helps Understand Wave Energy for Yakutat

UAF: Data Collected Helps Understand Wave Energy for Yakutat

An update from PMEC’s UAF team on their multiyear project to understand and delineate environmental constraints on the potential for wave energy to provide electrical power to the community of Yakutat.