Sandia National Laboratories, through a partnership with several national laboratories and academic institutions, is leading three topic areas for the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Marine Hydrokinetic (MHK) research. The topic areas are:

  • Technology development through supporting research and testing
  • Market acceleration through environmental assessment
  • Reference model development

Sandia is also supporting work with Argonne National Laboratory in conventional hydropower optimization.


Sandia will receive more than $9 million over three years from a DOE competitive laboratory solicitation for the development of advanced water power technologies.

CFD-Populated Empirical Turbine Wake Model

The DTOcean team is developing a fast-running, easy to use current-energy capture (CEC) array spacing tool that considers tidal array performance vs efficiency. In support of this effort, Sandia has been assisting in developing the […]

Floating Oscillating Water Column Reference Model Completed

The DOE-supported Reference Model Project was developed to provide publicly available technical and economic benchmarks for a variety of marine energy converters. The final reference model, an oscillating water column (OWC) device, has been completed. […]

Developing a Fast-Running Turbine Wake Model

As part of the international collaboration for DTOcean, a project aimed at accelerating the industrial development of ocean-energy power-generation knowledge and providing design tools for deploying the first generation of wave and tidal energy converter […]

Final FY14 Measurement Campaign in Roza Canal, Yakima, Washington

Uncertainty exists regarding the effects on local water operations of deploying a current energy converter (CEC) turbine in an irrigation canal for the purposes of producing electricity via the canal’s flowing water. Budi Gunawan and […]