The Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) hosted a virtual workshop on materials and manufacturing R&D investments for wave and current energy technologies. Industry and university partners presented their material projects on gaps within three major research areas including wave energy converters (WECs), tidal/current energy converters (TECs/CECs), and unconventional WECs.
Attendees participated in breakout sessions to help share their knowledge, prioritize WPTO's R&D materials investments, and shape WPTO's materials and manufacturing strategy. The results of the workshop will be incorporated into WPTO's materials and manufacturing workshop strategy document which will directly impact future DOE funding opportunities.
Carrie Noonan, WPTO
CEC Breakout Session Leaders
Scott Hughes, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); Kailey Wulfert, Sandia; Elaine Buck, WPTO
Conventional WEC Breakout Session Leaders
Jesse Roberts, Sandia; Budi Ganawan, Sandia; Laura Rios, WPTO
Unconventional WEC Breakout Session Leaders
Lauren Ruedy, WPTO; Kelley Ruehl, Sandia; George Bonheyo, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Watch the Recording
10–10:10 a.m. Welcome/Logistics (Polling question)
10:10–10:30 a.m. | Marine Energy (ME) Technologies: The Materials Landscape
DOE & National Laboratory
10:30–11:20 a.m. | Part I. ME Material Project Presentations
University and industry partners will present their material projects in major research areas including 1) wave energy converters (WECs), 2) tidal/current energy converters (TECs/CECs), or 3) unconventional WECs.
(Presenter has 3-5 minutes to present and 5 minutes for Q&A)
- University of Edinburgh, Ed McCarthy
- IFREMER, Peter Davies
- Verdant, Jonathan Colby
- ORPC, Matthew Barrington
- Calwave, Nigel Kojimoto
11:20–11:30 a.m. | Break
11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m. | Part I. ME Material Project Presentations (Continued)
- Wave Energy Scotland, Matthew Holland
- Aquantis, Peter Stricker
- University of Maine, Richard Kimball
- Oscilla, Tim Mundon
12:20–12:30 p.m. | Break
12:30–2:10 p.m. | Part II. Breakout Discussions
Facilitators will lead group discussions to identify funding gaps and create a prioritized list of R&D activities for future WPTO materials funding investments. All attendees will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the material projects presented in Part I, share additional material projects, and make suggestions on R&D funding priorities.
Breakout Discussion 1: Wave Energy Converter Needs (WECs)
Breakout Discussion 2: Tidal and Current Energy Converter Needs (TECs/CECs )
(These breakouts sessions take place simultaneously. Attendees choose which session to join.)
1:15–1:25 p.m. | Break
1:25–2:10 p.m. | Breakout Discussion 3: Unconventional WECs and Other Needs
2:10–2:15 p.m. | Break
2:15–2:30 p.m. | Part III: Report Out
Facilitator will present a prioritized list of materials R&D activities for each of the three device types for future WPTO funding investments - WEC, TEC/CEC, and Unconventional.
2:30 p.m. | Closing