Photo: Illustration/Oscilla Power's Triton-C wave energy converter design (Courtesy of Oscilla Power)

TEAMER backs 14 marine renewable energy projects

The U.S. Testing Expertise and Access to Marine Energy Research (TEAMER) program has selected 14 marine energy projects to receive testing and technical support as part of its third call for applications.

Illustration/Oscilla Power's Triton-C wave energy converter design (Courtesy of Oscilla Power)
Illustration/Oscilla Power’s Triton-C wave energy converter design (Courtesy of Oscilla Power)

The 14 projects, announced on 9 July 2021, will be granted access to numerical modeling, laboratory or bench testing, and tank/flume testing and expertise within the growing TEAMER facility network.

Selected applicants, along with the supporting facility, will now proceed to submitting their completed test plans, which is a requirement before assistance activities can begin.

TEAMER program managers said the next the next call for applications in will be announced in August.

Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and directed by the Pacific Ocean Energy Trust, TEAMER accelerates the viability of marine renewables by providing access to the nation’s best facilities and expertise to solve critical challenges, build knowledge, foster innovation, and drive commercialization.

The following projects were selected for support:

  • BlueTec Energy – Torpedo Wave Powered Generator
    Facility: Oregon State University – O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory
  • CalWave Power Technologies –  xWave New Technology Qualification and Path to Certification
    Facility: American Bureau of Shipping
  • CalWave, xWave – Real Time IMU Optimization for Advanced Controls
    Facility: Evergreen Innovations
  • E-Wave Technologies – Ocean Survivability Analysis of a Wave Energy Converter that Powers Marine Aquaculture
    Facility: American Bureau of Shipping
  • Hydrokinetic Energy Corporation
    Facility: American Bureau of Shipping
  • IProTech – Wave Tank Testing W2W Device
    Facility: University of Maine – Advanced Structures & Composites Center
  • M. J. Plackett & Associates (MJP&A) – Rapidly Installed Breakwater & Wave Amplifier (RIB&WA)
    Facility: Oregon State University – O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory
  • MaREI, University College Cork – Uncertainty analysis and performance comparison in tank testing of a floating OWC
    Facility: Ohmsett – The National Oil Spill Response Research & Renewable Energy Test Facility
  • Orbital Marine Power – San Juan Islands Tidal Energy Characterization
    Facility: University of Washington and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Oscilla Power – Wave Energy Power Smoothing Via Supercapacitors Design Comparison
    Facility: Oregon State University – Wallace Energy System and Renewables Facility (WESRF)
  • Pterofin – The Skimmer
    Facility: Pennsylvania State University – Applied Research Laboratory
  • Pyro-E – Flume Testing of Full-scale EEL Marine Energy System
    Facility: Stevens Institute – Davidson Laboratory
  • Triton Systems – Biofouling Analysis for Wave Energy Piston Design
    Facility: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory – Marine and Coastal Research Laboratory
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison – Experimental validation of cross-flow turbine flow dynamics
    Facility: University of Washington – Harris Hydraulics Lab: Alice C. Tyler Flume.

In March 2021, TEAMER selected 23 marine energy projects to receive support as a result of the second call for projects, adding to the 16 companies and organizations which received testing support back in 2020.

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