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NW National Marine Renewable Energy Center University of Washington http://depts.washington.edu/nnmrec/ Open House for: NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) December 8, 2009. 1:00-1:10 Introductions 1:10-1:30 Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center

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NW National Marine Renewable Energy CenterUniversity of Washingtonhttp://depts.washington.edu/nnmrec/Open House for:

NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC)

December 8, 2009

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1:00-1:10 Introductions

1:10-1:30 Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center

Phil Malte, co-Director NNMREC

Description of NNMREC: mission, organization, and major research thrusts.

1:30-2:20 Tidal Energy: Status and Trends

Brian Polagye, Mech Engr

Overview of the status of the hydrokinetic tidal industry, including device tests, tidal energy resource distribution in the US, and present understanding of environmental risks (30 min presentation, 20 min Q&A).

2:20-2:30 Break

2:30-3:00 Tidal Site Characterization: Admiralty Inlet Instrumentation

Jim Thomson, APL/CEE

Description of physical and biological environmental characterization work being undertaken in Admiralty Inlet including the instrumentation deployed, preliminary findings, and future plans (15 min presentation, 15 min Q&A).

3:00-3:30 Tidal Device Modeling

Alberto Aliseda, Mech Engr

Description of modeling efforts to describe device performance and the hydrodynamic wake associated with kinetic power extraction (15 min presentation, 15 min Q&A)

3:30-4:00 Open Discussion

4:00 Adjourn

Benjamin Hall, Room 512, 1-4 PM, Dec 8, 2009

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A partnership of OSU and UW to support wave and tidal energy development

Oregon State University:

Headquarters and Director

Focus on Wave Energy

College of Engineering, Oceanography, Hatfield Marine Sciences Center

University of Washington:


Focus on Tidal Energy

Mechanical Engineering, Applied Physics Laboratory, Oceanography

Industry Partners:

Snohomish PUD, BioSonics, Sound & Sea Technology, PNNL, EPRI, PNWER, Verdant Power

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Mission development

The mission of the Center is “to advance marine energy technology by conducting research on key gaps in scientific understanding, educating students, facilitating commercialization, and informing regulatory decisions.”

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Phil Malte, NNMREC co-Director (Mech Engr) development

Alberto Aliseda, (Mech Engr)

Brian Fabien, (Mech Engr)

Mitsuhiro Kawase, (Oceanography)

Brian Polagye, (Mech Engr)

Jim Riley, (Mech Engr)

Jim Thomson, (APL/Civil Envir Engr)

Mark Tuttle, (Mech Engr, Director FAA Center Advanced Materials)

Graduate Research Assistants:

Kristen Thyng

Chris Bassett

Teymour Javaherchi

Jeffrey Epler

Moriel Aramgo

Anderson Ogg


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Area 1: Environmental Effects development

B. Polagye (UW-ME),M. Kawase (UW-SO), K. Thyng (UW-ME)

Tidal range impact of 145 MW plant

M2 amplitude change (mm)

1D Channel Model

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Area 2: Mobile Testing & Instrumentation development

J. Thomson (UW-APL), B. Polagye (UW-ME)

R/V Jack Robertson

  • Field measurements (surveys + stationary) to inform:

    • Site developers – resource and site characteristics

    • Device developers – device performance

    • Regulators – near-field effects

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Area 3: Device & Array Optimization development

A. Aliseda (UW-ME), J. Riley (UW-ME)

Flume (under development):

Experimental studies of device wakes.

R/V Jack Robertson

Computer Cluster:

Parallel simulations of array performance.

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Area 4: Reliability/Survivability development

M. Tuttle (UW-ME)

Composite materials for use in tidal energy systems:

  • Identification of composite materials that naturally minimize bio-fouling and corrosion

  • Estimation of long-term durability of composites and coatings in salt water

  • Studies of composite structural design options

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FY09 FOA’s: hydrodynamic and dynamic modeling for in-stream turbines, including deep water application

FY09 FOA: acoustic effects of hydrokinetics

FY09 PNNL :environmental impact analysis

FY10 CDP: lab and field research

2008: feasibility of hydrokinetics for

constructed waterways:

2010: feasibility of hydrokinetics for

Columbia River dams

Additional Activities