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...
Stage 2 is hard. Stage 1 of the Wave Energy Prize took some time, but only required describing our wave energy converter (WEC) in words and pictures. In Stage 2, we have to prove the concept works, both physically with the 1/50th scale model and computationally with numerical modeling. And the physical and computational results have to match. All of which is doable, and constitutes a normal part of the design development process.
What make is hard is that there are only two of us and we only have three months.
Chris and Cameron attended the European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC) in Nantes, France last week (6-11 Sept). EWTEC is probably the premier research conference on wave and tidal energy in the world. The picture above is from the Tour Bretange, the tallest building in Nantes.
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