Center Research Areas
For tidal energy, The University of Washington's vision is for a Center which bridges the existing gaps between developers, regulators and researchers in order to accelerate responsible development of in-stream power. In the short-term, the Center seeks to leverage its existing work to help place bounds on uncertainties in discussions between regulatory agencies and device developers. It also embraces the long-term goal of advancing the basic science associated with the operation of in-stream turbines in ecologically sensitive environments. The Center combines field testing with numerical and laboratory modeling.
Tidal energy activities are structured around four key areas:
- Instrumentation for cost-effective characterization of sites and devices
- Modeling and monitoring of environmental effects from tidal energy device operation
- Optimization of arrays with respect to device orientation and placement
- Improved reliability and survavibility of devices through use of advanced composites
- Social, cultural, political, and economic aspects of tidal energy
These are described in more detail on project subpages, accessed through the navigation links in the left-hand menu.