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Presentation before Washington State House Committee on Technology, Energy, and Communications Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center University of Washington and BioSonics, Inc. December 5, 2008.
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PresentationbeforeWashington State House Committee onTechnology, Energy, and CommunicationsNorthwest National Marine Renewable Energy CenterUniversity of WashingtonandBioSonics, Inc.December 5, 2008
Oregon State University:
Headquarters and Director
Focus on Wave Energy
College of Engineering, Oceanography, Hatfield Marine Sciences Center (Fisheries, Ecology)
University of Washington:
Focus on Tidal Energy
Mechanical Engineering, Oceanography, Applied Physics Laboratory
Industry partners of UW: Snohomish PUD, BioSonics, PNWER, Verdant Power, EPRI
Center award announced September 18, 2008.
USDOE support for up to 5 years at $1.25MM per yr.
Minimum 50% non-Federal cost share
Support the emerging fields of ocean and hydrokinetic energy with crucial capabilities for steady, reasoned development.
Tap a significant renewable energy resource that is not now used – in an environmental responsible manner.
Through research and education and interaction with industry and stakeholders, help build the foundation for renewable energy jobs in Washington.
Mobile testing package: field measurements to select sites and assess site impact are expensive and time-consuming. Mobile testing packages, methodologies & baseline habitat measurements, with advanced instrument arrangements, are required for integration into the industry and regulatory process.
Environmental impacts modeling: testing cannot answer all the questions. Computational modeling at both estuary and device scales is necessary. This hydrodynamic modeling is one of key capabilities in helping to determine the capacity of an estuary to support tidal turbines.
Device and array optimization: Intelligent placement of turbines and spacing of arrays depends of several factors: water current versus depth, turbine wake interaction, and marine biology. Field measurements, computer modeling, and lab experiments are used to tackle optimization.
Device reliability and survivability: The capabilities of the UW-FAA Center on Advanced Materials are used to study composite materials for ocean energy devices. These materials have to ability to control bio-fouling and corrosion in sea water.
Photo: C. Linder
R/V Jack Robertson