Mocean Energy is very pleased to announce that we will be moving on to Stage 2 of the Wave Energy Scotland Novel Wave Energy Converter program!
We have been fairly closed with the WEC design that we are currently working on. However, we have submitted a patent application, and now feel more comfortable sharing some information - see our updated Technology page as well.
The Mocean WEC is a hinged raft. Wave forcing and the bodies’ dynamic responses leads to a motion about the hinge (called flex), which drives a power take-off mechanism that converts the kinetic energy into electricity. It has 7 degrees of freedom (DOF).
Following the set up of our US Company, Mocean Energy LLC in Maryland, we have changed our Wave Energy Prize team name back to Mocean Energy!
From January-February, it was MOE.
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In case you haven't seen, the finalists in the Wave Energy Prize have been announced!
We would like to congratulate all the finalists, but especially M3, who Cameron worked with during his Masters at Oregon State; you guys deserve it!
MOE is the second alternate. This means that if two teams drop out or are eliminated (there is another stage gate), we will have a chance to compete in the finals.
We are very happy to still be participating in the Prize, and it means some money to build a 20th scale model. But of course, we're disappointed to not be a finalist.
We could make a lot of excuses for why we didn't make the cut, but we won't. We'll just try harder and keep pushing forward.
Mocean Energy is extremely pleased to welcome Tobin McNatt to the team! Tobin will be heading our U.S. activities, in particular, he will manage the operations of our Wave Energy Prize team, MOE. Tobin will be a valuable addition, providing expert managerial, technical, and business insights.
Tobin has had a fantastic career in naval field beginning at the U.S. Naval Academy; after which he served on nuclear submarines and later led the development of innovative ship design software tools. (For a bit more, see his brief profile).
In case you were wondering about the last name: Tobin is Cameron's uncle. And Cameron worked with Tobin at DRS Advanced Marine Technology Center.
Welcome to the team, Tobin!
We (MOE) have just completed our testing at the Davidson Laboratory at the Stevens Institute of Technology, and it has been a very exciting week. Above is a pic of our model in the high-speed towing tank, which looks kind of like a particle accelerator filled with water. In fact, the towing tank is capable of achieving very high speeds - it can tow a model at 68 mph! Wave energy converters rarely go that fast ;-)
New name, but the same old guys. The name of our team in the US DOE Wave Energy Prize has changed to McNatt Ocean Energy (MOE). This was a joint decision between Cameron and Chris and the DOE to distinguish our activities in the American competition (Cameron has entered the prize as an American) from the Scottish company Mocean Energy LTD.
You can follow our activities in the Wave Energy Prize on social media:
The Mocean wave energy converter (WEC) is a hinged raft – two bodies connected by a hinge. Wave forces cause relative motion between the bodies about the hinge. In a full scale device, the hinge would contain a power-take-off (PTO) system, which converts the mechanical rotation into electricity. The hinge design is important in the full-scale machine, but also is critical to any scale models that we build. The picture above is of the hinge of the 1/50th scale model that we built for the Wave Energy Prize.
November was one hell of a month (and I mean that in the best possible way).
We had to finish, test, and ship our 50th scale model for the Wave Energy Prize. We only finished it completely, two days before it had to be shipped, and there were moments when we worried whether it would be finished at all. It was held up in US Customs (coming from the UK) because, understandably, they didn't know what it was. But fortunately, we had build it a contingency shipping day for that, so it arrived at the Stevens Institute of Technology (where we will be testing) the morning of November 23, the deadline. Whew...
We are absolutely thrilled to be one of the 8 successful applicants (out of 37) in the Wave Energy Scotland - Novel WEC funding call. We will partner with The University of Edinburgh, and will begin the one year project in early 2016. It is an amazing opportunity!
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