Supporting Marine Renewable Energy Development through Multi-Scale Testing

Session ID#: 92054

Session Description:
Marine renewable energy (MRE) – power of the waves, tides, ocean currents - is a promising addition to the portfolio of low carbon power generation.  New types of technologies and devices are needed to harness the power of the ocean, differing from those used for all other purposes.  Adapting instruments and sensors from oceanographic uses to observe and record the interaction of MRE devices with the marine environment also brings new operating challenges.  Providing a range of test facilities at different scales can encourage rapid innovation, prove reliability, and encourage creativity in technology development. The ability to iteratively test MRE generators, moorings, sensors, and electrical systems can act as an accelerator for rapid adoption of new methods and adaptation of successful MRE designs. 


We invite the oceanographic community to join us to explore the range of tests that have been carried out on small and large MRE devices, as well as sensors and platforms tailored to observing animal interactions. We will discuss the value of testing different systems together, under the same conditions, as well as the progression through different test locations with increasing open ocean conditions, enabling the development of the technologies for a low carbon future.

  • CP - Coastal and Estuarine Processes
  • IS - Ocean Observatories, Instrumentation and Sensing Technologies
  • PC - Past, Present and Future Climate
  • SI - Social-Ocean Science Interactions and SDGs
Primary Contact:  Andrea E Copping, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Coastal Division, Richland, WA, United States
Presenter:  Genevra Harker-Klimes, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Coastal Division, Sequim, WA, United States

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