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Joint Sandia-DOE-HMRC Testing of a Floating Oscillating Water Column Wave Energy Converter Device

From September 8th–20th, Diana Bull (in Sandia’s Water Power Technologies Dept.) worked with the team from Ireland’s Hydraulics and Maritime Research Centre (HMRC) to complete testing of Reference Model 6, a backward-­bent duct buoy (BBDB) oscillating water column wave energy converter design.

Testing was completed in both the flume as well as Ireland’s Hydraulics and Maritime Research Centre (HMRC) basin. A backward-bent duct buoy (BBDB) floating oscillating water column (OWC) wave energy converter (WEC) device in HMRC 's wave basin.

Testing was completed in both the flume as well as Ireland’s Hydraulics and Maritime Research Centre (HMRC) basin. A backward-bent duct buoy (BBDB) floating oscillating water column (OWC) wave energy converter (WEC) device in HMRC ‘s wave basin.

The team from HMRC included Tom Walsh, Brian Holmes, Florent Thiebaut, Neil O’Sullivan, Tony Lewis, Ray Alcorn, and Brendan Cahill. The team from the U.S. included Alison LaBonte and Jeff Rieks (DOE) and Daniel Laird, Diana Bull, and Vince Neary (all in Sandia’s Water Power Technologies Dept.).

This testing was completed under a memorandum of understanding between Ireland and the U.S. Discussions began approximately one year ago and planning began approximately four months before this test. Testing was completed in both the flume as well as the basin at HMRC. Data capable of verifying the Sandia-developed BBDB performance model was collected and is currently being analyzed.

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