Review of TEAMER Awards for WEC-Sim Support
Keywords:WEC-Sim, TEAMER, Wave energy, Numerical modeling, Industry support
Testing Expertise and Access for Marine Energy Research (TEAMER) is a U.S. Department of Energy Water Power Technologies Office sponsored program, overseen by the Pacific Ocean Energy Trust, which aims to advance the state of marine energy technologies. The program connects technology developers with experts at U.S. facilities, including numerical modeling and analysis facilities, like WEC-Sim. The WEC-Sim facility is supported by the WEC-Sim development team at Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. WEC-Sim (Wave Energy Converter SIMulator) is an open-source software for simulating wave energy converters. WEC-Sim can model the multi-body dynamics of devices comprised of bodies, joints, power take-off systems, and mooring systems. Since TEAMER’s first round of support in 2020, there have been eighteen TEAMER awards focused on numerical model development in WEC-Sim. TEAMER awards for WEC-Sim support have modeled a wide range of wave energy converter archetypes, including point absorbers, attenuators, oscillating water columns, and many other novel architectures. A wide variety of studies have been conducted, leading to important insights for TEAMER partners and software improvements for WECSim. This article highlights several successful WEC-Sim TEAMER awards. The awards described herein include TEAMER recipients Ocean Motion Technologies, AquaHarmonics, iProTech, East Carolina University, Virginia Tech, Maiden Wave Energy, and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The awards of these seven partners contain a wide range of investigations and cover the creation of baseline hydrodynamic models, PTO modeling, geometry optimization in both boundary element methods and WECSim, and model tuning and validation.
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