Wave Energy Conversion

UW-APL: Persistent Environmental Monitoring Near an Operational Wave Energy Converter

UW-APL: Persistent Environmental Monitoring Near an Operational Wave Energy Converter

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.

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.

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.

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.