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Calum Kenny completed an EngD in offshore renewable energy at the University of Edinburgh in 2019, which dealt with risk and cost driven instrumentation of wave and tidal energy converters using failure mode and effects analyses. At NREL, he is involved in low-power energy harvesting using novel materials such as triboelectric nanogenerators, internal reaction mass devices and power electronics both at 100kW and 100mW scales. His expertise spans marine energy systems design, tank testing, marine operations, instrumentation, embedded hardware and data science.

Research Interests

Low-Power Energy Harvesting
Studied power to mass ratio of internal reaction mass wave energy converters. Designed and oversaw operation of custom testing apparatus for dielectric elastomeric generators and triboelectric nanogenerator specimens. 

Power Electronics
Responsible for characterization of tidal generator power electronics and battery emulation. Use of KiCAD electronic PCB design package to design energy harvesting circuitry for triboelectric nanogenerator prototypes.

Capturing Lessons Learned From Industry
Kenny aims to use his experience in working in the wave and tidal energy industries to capture lessons learned from technology development, to better inform U.S. Department of Energy staff on grant award negotiations and technical reviews. 

Professional Experience

Research Engineer, Nova Innovation (2017–2020)

Research Engineer, Albatern (2015–2017)

Education/Academic Qualification

PhD, Offshore Renewable Energy, University of Edinburgh

Bachelor, Renewable Energy, University of Exeter

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