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:
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.
We are planning on having a series of posts on our experience with and perspectives on the Wave Energy Prize. Please note that these are our own opinions and not those of the Wave Energy Prize or the U.S. Department of Energy.
We'll start simply: What is the Wave Energy Prize? and what do we do as a part of it?
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These posts are intended to help people understand what it is we're doing.