Dresser-Rand will design, build, and test a full-scaled (500-kilowatt) version of a high-power density, bidirectional radial HydroAir turbine. The use of a radial design (versus axial) is expected to reduce turbine size and, as a result, cost. The HydroAir turbine is a crosscutting component that can provide any type of oscillating water column device with a power take-off (PTO). Dresser-Rand is teaming with device developer Ocean Energy (OE) to target the integration of the HydroAir turbine into an OE Buoy.
|Project Title||HydroAir Power Take-Off System|
|Awardee HQ Location||Texas|
|DOE Funding Amount||$2,500,000|
|Awardee Cost Share||$820,000|
|Program Area||Next-Generation Technology Development and Manufacturing|
|Award Type||Competitive Funding Opportunity Announcement|
|Work Locations||California, Hawaii, Texas|
|Funding Opportunity||FY 2013 MHK System Performance Advancement|
|Congressional District(s)||HI-2, TX-18|
What You Need To Know
This project supports research and development efforts toward the commercialization of large-scale and distributed marine and hydrokinetic energy (MHK) systems―important areas of energy science and technology in which the United States can establish leadership.
- Build a full-scale 500-kilowatt PTO device and perform a no-load test at their San Diego facility and install the PTO on the OE buoy for testing at the Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) in Hawaii.
- Run grid-connected, open-ocean tests for 6 months at WETS.
- Validate reliability and commercial viability, with low operating expenditures, in the open ocean.
- Develop an advanced oscillating water column (OWC) compatible air turbine that can be used as a building block in any OWC design.
- Finalize system integration between HydroAir PTO and OE buoy.
- Test and commission the PTO on OE buoy.
- Perform open-sea testing at WETS for one year.
About the Water Power Technologies Office
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office advances cutting-edge technology to modernize the U.S. hydropower fleet and drive U.S. leadership in wave and tidal energy, with the goal of delivering low-cost power and resiliency to America’s power grids.