Activities taken place during Spring 2014 unless otherwise specified

Rob Cavagnaro [PhD student at UW] contributed to a blog for the Irish Maritime and Energy Research Cluster (IMERC). His first post can be found here.

Chris SharpChris Sharp [PhD student at OSU], a first year graduate student from the University of New Mexico with a background in mechanical engineering and applied math, began research under Dr. Bryony DuPont [NNMREC-affiliated faculty at OSU] on the creation of a heuristic algorithm for the optimization of WEC arrays. The algorithm will provide useful insight for developers through array suggestions which maximize power while minimizing cost and environmental impact.

In September 2013, Dr. Mitsuhiro Kawase [NNMREC-affiliated faculty at UW], traveled to Aalborg, Denmark to attend the 10th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference. Mitsuhiro presented work on the response of a global tidal model to tidal energy extraction and comparison with regional models. The work received constructive feedback from the EWTEC audience. He went on to present a siminar at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, which was broadcast to the University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University, and Scottish Association for Marine Sciences.

In Winter 2013, Dr. Jim Thomson [NNMREC-affiliated faculty at UW] carried out turbulence measurements in Chile's Chacao Channel. Read more about it (and the trials and tribulations of international field work) in Jim's blog in the New York Times.

Dr. Brian Polagye [NNMREC Co-Director at UW] traveled to Chile in early May 2013 to attend a workshop on the environmental effects of marine renewable energy alongside government representatives, project developers, and academic researchers. His engagement increased NNMREC’s understanding of current and future industry needs, including critical characteristics of the value chain and marine energy testing facilities.