Lab Testing

NNMREC partners with two facilities on the Oregon State Universtiy campus for scaled testing.

pmec facilities

Wallace Energy Systems & Renewables Facility, OSU

The WESRF provides research, testing and services related to machines and drives, power electronics, hybrid electric vehicles, power systems and renewables.  WESRF is the home of the Linear Test Bed, an instrument that creates the relative motion between a spar and heaving buoy to simulate wave action.  Eleven wave energy device prototypes have been tested on the Linear Test Bed.

O. H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory, OSUpmec facilities

The O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory is a leading center for research and education in coastal engineering and nearshore science with facilities that include a Large Wave Flume (104 m long), Tsunami Wave Basin with multi-directional wavemaker, and control room for on-site researchers.  The Large Wave Flume is the largest of its kind in North America. Tsunami Wave Basin is equipped with a large-stroke, directional wavemaker with active wave absorption. These facilities have been used to test 1:15 and 1:33 scale wave energy converters, respectively.