Center Research Areas
Research into marine energy at the University of Washington ranges from optimization of marine energy converters (current and wave) to studying environmental effects to research on socio-economics. To further this research, we employ experimental techniques, numerical simulations, field testing, surveys, and structured interviews.
The Center's website at UW is beginning an overhaul that will update the look of the site, as well as significantly update descriptions of our research areas. Currently, the Documents section of the site is the most up to date representation of our collective research activites.
Initially, Center activities at the University of Washington were structured around four areas, defined by elements of the core NNMREC grant by the US Department of Energy. These were:
- Instrumentation for cost-effective characterization of sites and devices
- Modeling and monitoring of environmental effects from tidal energy devices operation
- Optimization of tidal energy arrays with respect to device orientation and placement
- Improved reliability and survavibility of devices through use of advanced composites
In 2012, funding from the National Science Foundation opened a fifth line of research: 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.