Floating Oscillating Surge Wave Energy Converter (FOSWEC)
The Wave Energy Converter SIMulator (WEC-Sim) is a time-domain hydrodynamic code jointly developed by researchers at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) at the direction of the U. S. Department of Energy (USDOE). To be an effective development tool, WEC-Sim features must be experimentally validated through scale-model testing. For such testing, SNL needed a scaled model optimized for fundamental dynamic and hydrodynamic principles, while also meeting the requirements of WEC-Sim software. The model had to balance a number of competing requirements, including the minimization of system losses and the integration of a multitude of sensors for experimental validation of system performance.
The Andrews-Cooper team mobilized as part of a collaborative effort involving the USDOE, SNL, NREL, Oregon State University (OSU) and others. The custom design was fabricated and assembled in our build facility, then tested in the Directional Wave Basin at the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory at OSU. Our team provided engineering and operational support through two separate rounds of testing with a goal of validating the WEC-Sim open source hydrodynamic modeling software. The research is expected to advance the understanding of how wave energy generation systems can be properly designed and scaled to the utility-scale operating environment in the open ocean. Ocean waves provide a unique opportunity to provide clean, carbon neutral, and renewable energy around the world. Andrews-Cooper has the expertise and experience to support energy and automation projects through every phase.