The U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office is advancing cutting-edge technology to modernize the U.S. hydropower fleet and drive U.S. leadership in new wave and tidal energy, with the goal of delivering low-cost power and resiliency to the nation’s power grids.
Five co-located events hosted by the national laboratories showcase the important work driving marine and hydrokinetic energy innovation forward.
Waterpower Week in Washington attendees were encouraged to attend these events, in addition to conference sessions.
|Day/Date||Name of Event||Time||Room|
|Monday, May 1, 2017||Modeling Wave Energy Converters with WEC-Sim for Performance||9:00 AM - 10:00 AM||Statler AB|
|Wednesday, May 3, 2017||MHK Community Outreach to Understand Data Product and Information Needs||8:00 AM - 9:00 AM||Pan American|
|Wednesday, May 3, 2017||Advanced WEC Dynamics and Controls||1:00 PM - 5:00 PM||Statler AB|
|Wednesday, May 3, 2017||MHK Environmental Compliance Cost Reduction Strategies Workshop||1:30 PM - 3:30 PM||Senate|
|Wednesday, May 3, 2017||Modeling Wave Farms with SNL-SWAN for Environmental Prediction||3:30 PM - 4:30 PM||Senate|
All meetings are open to the public
MHK Environmental Compliance Cost Reduction Strategies Workshop
May 3, 2017 | 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Marine and Hydrokinetic (MHK) Environmental Compliance Cost Reduction Strategies project collects detailed cost (direct costs, and time and resources) estimates of the environmental compliance (EC) efforts for licensing, permitting, and implementing MHK projects. With help from industry and regulatory agency participants, this project will help create an economically competitive U.S. MHK industry by reducing time and costs to achieve environmental compliance, while meeting federal, state and local regulatory requirements.
In 2017, the project team is conducting guided discussions with project developers/project leads and federal and state regulatory agencies, with a discussion guide and associated materials distributed in advance. Each sector will then participate in a series of meetings and webinars, followed by in-person meetings on the east and west coasts, allowing further exploration of costs, experiences, and recommendations for solutions.
Modeling Wave Farms with SNL-SWAN for Environmental Prediction
SNL-SWAN (Sandia National Laboratories - Simulating WAves Nearshore) is an open source wave energy converter (WEC) array simulation tool. The code is a modification of the open source code, SWAN (Simulating WAves Nearshore) developed by TU Delft. The SNL-SWAN code includes the addition of a WEC Module which improves how SWAN accounts for power performance of WECs and the effects on the wave field. The SNL-SWAN development team will give an overview of the SNL-SWAN code, focused on its application to modeling the effects of wave farms on wave environment.
Modeling Wave Energy Converters with WEC-Sim for Performance
May 1, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Room: Statler AB
WEC-Sim (Wave Energy Converter SIMulator) is an open-source wave energy converter (WEC) simulation tool developed in MATLAB/SIMULINK using the multi-body dynamics solver Simscape Multibody by Sandia and NREL with funding from the US DOE. WEC-Sim has the ability to model devices that are comprised of rigid bodies, power-take-off systems, and mooring systems. Simulations are performed in the time-domain by solving the governing WEC equations of motion in 6 degrees-of-freedom. The WEC-Sim development team from the Labs will give an overview of the WEC-Sim code, focused on its application to model the performance of wave energy converters.
MHK Community Outreach to Understand Data Product and Information Needs
May 3, 2017 | 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Room: Pan American
Wind, aerospace, and automotive industries demonstrated that sharing and disseminating information in terms of data, experience, and lessons learned accelerates the pace of technology development and commercial acceptance. The MHK industry had developed a wealth of information but much of this is spread across many locations and in disparate structures that makes it very difficult for the broader MHK industry to use.