This month, the U.S. Testing Expertise and Access to Marine Energy Research (TEAMER) program selected 16 projects through its first Request for Technical Support (RFTS). Selected projects will receive technology support with modeling and analysis; laboratory and bench tests; and tank, flume, tunnel, and basin tests. Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and directed by the Pacific Ocean Energy Trust (POET), TEAMER accelerates the viability of marine renewables by providing access to the nation’s best facilities and expertise in order to solve challenges, build knowledge, foster innovation, and drive commercialization.
The following projects will receive technical support:
- CalWave Power Technologies Inc. – CalWave Torque Spring Optimization; testing at Sandia National Laboratories
- CalWave Power Technologies Inc. – xWave Higher Order Dynamics and Autonomous Control Testing; testing at University of Maine
- Current Kinetics – Dynamometer Testing of a Novel Seawater Lubricated and Cooled MHK Turbine Generator; testing at Florida Atlantic University
- Dehlsen Associates – Additional Degree of Freedom for Wave Energy Converter (WEC); testing at Oregon State University’s Wallace Energy Systems & Renewables Facility
- Igiugig Village Council – A Tow Body Optical Camera System; testing at University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory
- iMetalx Group – Ocean Observation Unmanned Vehicle Recharging Station; testing at National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- IProTech – Numerical Modeling Assistance for IProTech’s ‘PIP’ WEC Device; testing at National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- OceanEnergy Ltd. – OWS Design Loads; testing at Sandia National Laboratories
- Ocean Motion Technologies – WEC SIMulator (WEC-SIM) Support for an Adaptive Wave Energy Converter; joint testing at National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories
- Ocean Renewable Power Company – Pitching Foil Crossflow Turbine Efficiency; testing at University of New Hampshire
- Orbital Marine Power – Orbital Environmental Compliance; testing at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
- Oscilla Power – Advance PTO Control Strategies for the Triton-C WEC; testing at Sandia National Laboratories
- Pyro-E – Electrically Engaged UnduLation Marine Energy System; testing at University of California, Berkeley
- Rohrer Technologies Inc. – RTI F2MS 1:50 Scale Tank Testing; joint testing at University of Maine, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and University of New Hampshire
- University of Hawaii – Co-Design of Marine Energy Converters for Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Docking and Recharging; testing at Oregon State University’s O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory
- Virginia Tech – Testing for Power Electronics for Ocean Wave Energy Converters; testing at National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Open-water testing will be available in future RFTS cycles.
The three-year TEAMER program supports testing and research for marine energy technologies and will provide access to test facilities and technical expertise to assist with numerical modeling and data collection in operational and extreme conditions.