A story in the Environmental Monitor highlights PMEC’s Adaptable Monitoring Package (AMP) and Wave-powered Adaptable Monitoring Package (WAMP).
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oregon State University has partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy and other stakeholders to build a wave energy test facility located off the Oregon Coast, between Newport and Waldport, called PacWave.
Effective 19 Mar 2018, the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center has been rebranded the Pacific Marine Energy Center.