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Initiate applied research projects to answer questions key to wave energy development.
Please note: many of the OWET project reports posted on the Web site are large files. Download times may vary. We appreciate your patience.
Cash match to support NNMREC’s test berth development through an Acoustic Characterization study.
Establish an industry knowledge base for existing anchoring and mooring techniques and recommendations for future analysis.
The goal of this open program is to accelerate the development and deployment of innovative ocean energy technologies to provide a domestic source of clean, affordable energy that is both economical and ecologically responsible. OWET aims to further the sponsorship of current and necessary research, development, test, evaluation, and demonstration of these emerging technologies, in.. [read more]
Document a methodology for measuring the existing environmental conditions for comparison to the noise spectra generated by wave energy devices.
Offshore direct drive wave energy conversion systems (WECS) operate in a challenging marine environment, in terms of operation, maintenance and survivability. The power electronics required to handle the corrosive environment and the wide range of available power for harvesting are crucial to safe and efficient operation. Understanding these conditions and being able to validate the computer models that effectively predict the actual performance requirements is an essential prerequisite to developing a robust design for commercial-scale WECS. Computer modeling has been validated in wave tank tests at 33rd and 15th scale experiments and are currently being validated in sea trials with a 7th scale prototype.
This study developed and demonstrated affordable, reliable, and repeatable electromagnetic (EM) measurements in the near-shore environment. The study was conducted in several stages, with a technical reports provided at each stage to document and describe the findings.
Shift Power’s goal is to take energy out of waves before they impact breakwaters, embankments and other marine structures.
Baseline Observations and Modeling for the Reedsport Wave Energy Site
Assess the potential effects of wave energy devices on sediment transport and on the morphology of beaches.
During this research effort Neptune will build a scale model WEC and utilize the Wave Lab at Oregon State University to test the performance of the model. This next generation model (i.e., a 1/10 scale model called Model 2.0) will include additional configuration capabilities, additional and more sensitive instrumentation, and full power-take-off (PTO) modeling.
This is a project supplement to our ongoing DOE-funded study on the performance of wave energy arrays (a joint effort between Oregon State University and CPT). The present supplement will fund 5 days of additional lab testing. These tests will allow us to complete our performance characterization of the five individual WECs (and their mooring.. [read more]