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Sandia Engineer Wins 2016 IEEE Award

A Sandia researcher has been recognized for his outstanding contribution to the controls industry in the field of renewable ocean energy. Giorgio Bacelli, a researcher for the Sandia National Laboratories Water Power Technology department, coauthored the paper that won the 2016 IEEE Control Systems Magazine Outstanding Paper Award. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics engineers [...]

By | March 10th, 2017|News, News & Events, Water Power|Comments Off on Sandia Engineer Wins 2016 IEEE Award

Sandia National Laboratories Uses Its Wave Energy Converter (WEC) to Harness the Motion of the Ocean

In partnership with the U.S. Navy, Sandia tested its advanced wave energy converter (WEC) system in the maneuvering and sea-keeping (MASK) basin at the Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Carderock Division (NSWCCD) in Bethesda, MD. Wave energy converters (WECs) harness the motion of ocean waves to generate clean power. To increase power generation of WEC devices, Sandia is [...]

By | August 2nd, 2016|EC, News, Renewable Energy, Water Power|Comments Off on Sandia National Laboratories Uses Its Wave Energy Converter (WEC) to Harness the Motion of the Ocean

Industry outreach: DOE and Wave Energy Scotland co-sponsored WEC technology workshop

The U.S. Department of Energy and Wave Energy Scotland (WES) jointly co-sponsored a one-day workshop on wave energy converter (WEC) technology requirement specification and performance metrics following the International Conference on Ocean Energy in Edinburgh, UK.  Over 60 international participants representing the wider wave energy community–industry, research, funding and policy, and technology—contributed their input into [...]

By | May 13th, 2016|News, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Water Power, Workshops|Comments Off on Industry outreach: DOE and Wave Energy Scotland co-sponsored WEC technology workshop

Technology Development

Sandia's Water Power Technologies program develops innovative technological solutions for  marine hydrokinetic (MHK) devices. Before MHK technologies can successfully compete in the energy market, developers must increase device power performance and reliability, thereby reducing the levelized cost of energy.  Through applied research and modeling efforts, we provide industry with tools to create better [...]

By | October 9th, 2015|Comments Off on Technology Development

Wave-Energy/-Device Modeling: Developing A 1:17 Scaled Model

Many theoretical studies show that additional energy can be captured through control of the power-conversion chains (PCCs) of resonant wave-energy converter (WEC) devices. The numerical models employed in these studies are, however, idealized to varying degrees. The objective of the Resilient Nonlinear Controls (RNLC) project is to validate the extent to which control strategies, given [...]

Sandian Wins Award in 2015 OMAE Hydraulic Modeling Competition

The OMAE 2015 Hydrodynamic Modeling Competition award ceremony at the ASME conference in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada. Sandia's Carlos Michelen is third from the right. Carlos Michelen (in Sandia’s Water Power Technologies Dept.) and a team of National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers (Michael Lawson, Braulio Garzon, Fabian Wendt, and Yi-Hsiang Yu) won [...]

Floating Oscillating Water Column Reference Model Completed

The floating oscillating water column reference model (RM6) backward bent duct buoy (BBDB) device design and dimensions and Wells turbine schematic. The width of the device (not shown) is 27 m. The DOE-supported Reference Model Project was developed to provide publicly available technical and economic benchmarks for a variety of marine energy converters. [...]

By | February 24th, 2015|Computational Modeling & Simulation, Energy, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Systems Analysis, Water Power|Comments Off on Floating Oscillating Water Column Reference Model Completed

Inter-Agency Agreement Signed between DOE’s Wind and Water Power Program and Carderock

The Department of Energy (DOE) has launched a multiple-year effort to validate the extent to which control strategies can increase the power produced by resonant wave-energy converter (WEC) devices. Many theoretical studies have shown a promise that additional energy can be captured by controlling the power-conversion chains of resonant WEC devices. The numerical models employed [...]

By | December 3rd, 2014|Energy, News, News & Events, Partnership, Renewable Energy, Water Power|Comments Off on Inter-Agency Agreement Signed between DOE’s Wind and Water Power Program and Carderock

Sandia Publishes Five Reports on the Environmental Effects of Wave-Energy Converters

Example of Hydrodynamic modeling showing wave height and circulation patterns in Monterey Bay, CA. Since 2010, Sandia has been studying changes in wave propagation due to the operation of wave-energy converter (WEC) arrays. This work has primarily focused on applying and enhancing the-open source spectral wave model SWAN (Simulating WAves Nearshore). The five [...]

By | December 3rd, 2014|Computational Modeling & Simulation, Energy, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Water Power|Comments Off on Sandia Publishes Five Reports on the Environmental Effects of Wave-Energy Converters

Sandia Funded to Model Power Pods for Utility-Scale Wave-Energy Converter

Planning an open-water test facility for utility-scale wave-energy converters (WECs) within the US requires a multifaceted approach. Concerns regarding the siting and permitting, the environmental interactions, the device performance, and the cost of the facility must all be simultaneously addressed. The DOE has started to investigate a utility-scale WEC testing facility with the recent awards [...]

By | September 16th, 2014|Computational Modeling & Simulation, Energy, News, News & Events, Renewable Energy, Water Power|Comments Off on Sandia Funded to Model Power Pods for Utility-Scale Wave-Energy Converter