Marine and Hydrokinetic

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The marine and hydrokinetic industry is a newly emerging field that only has a handful of demonstration projects in U.S. waters. Marine and hydrokinetic technologies capture energy from oceans and rivers—including waves, tides, ocean currents, free-flowing rivers, streams, and ocean thermal gradients—to generate electricity. Although these technologies are at a very early stage of development, they hold significant promise for adding to our nation’s renewable energy portfolio.

News & Events

Marine and Hydrokinetic Events

  • PRIMRE Webinar: Portal and Repository for Information on Marine Renewable Energy Staff from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories presented a webinar on the status of PRIMRE, the Portal and Repository for Information on Marine Renewable Energy, on October 3, 2018. PRIMRE seeks to provide broad access to engineering, resource characterization, and environmental effects information on marine renewable energy projects to facilitate the commercial development of the marine renewable energy industry. A recording of the webinar and the webinar slides highlighting the current status of PRIMRE’s development and future vision are available.
  • Water Power Week 2019 Waterpower Week in Washington is comprised of the National Hydropower Association’s annual conference and the International Marine Renewable Energy Conference.
  • U.S. Department of Energy Water Power Events U.S. Department of Energy calendar with meetings, conferences, and webinars of interest to the marine and hydrokinetic technology community.
  • IEA Ocean Energy Systems Webinar: Marine Renewable Energy Data and Information Sharing Ocean Energy Systems (an International Energy Agency Technology Collaboration Programme) hosted a webinar on data and information sharing on February 27, 2018. The webinar discussed the status of marine renewable energy data collection and availability, the benefits of data and information sharing internationally, promising methods of dissemination and quality control, and an opportunity to contribute to future data organization and sharing. A recording of the webinar and the webinar slides is available.

Marine and Hydrokinetic News

Marine and Hydrokinetic Databases

Marine and Hydrokinetic Tools

Open Source Codes

  • CACTUS: Code for Axial and Cross-flow Turbine Simulation
  • HARP_Opt: Code for airfoil and hydrofoil blade-design optimization
  • WEC-Sim: Wave Energy Converter Simulation tool to assess energy capture and power performance
  • MAP: Mooring Analysis Program
  • PyTurbSim: Code for producing realistic turbulent inflow for turbine device simulation
  • DOLfYN: Hydrokinetic turbine inflow measurement data processing and analysis tools
  • Total tidal power calculation tools provide a consistent toolset for calculating total tidal power from tidal ellipse data
  • JEDI: Jobs and Economic Development Impacts Marine and Hydrokinetic Power Model. Allows users to estimate economic development impacts from marine hydrokinetic projects and includes default information that can be utilized to run a generic impact analysis assuming industry averages

Marine and Hydrokinetic Reports

University of Victoria, West Coast Wave Initiative, Scale Model WEC Testing
Reference Model Project Reports and Documents
National Marine Renewable Energy Centers Publications
WEC Modeling
MHK Cost Reduction Pathway White Papers
MHK LCOE Reporting Guidance and Cost Breakdown Structure
MHK Risk Assessment Framework
U.S. Department of Energy Reports:
MHK Tech Papers
  • MHK Tech Papers Blog: The purpose of this blog is to aggregate and organize technical papers as they relate to the development of MHK technologies
Final Reports From Department of Energy Funded Projects:

Marine and Hydrokinetic Guidance

Water Power Stakeholders

Information about the major stakeholders in the water power industry, such as name, web address, sector, and more.