Developing an Instrumentation Package for in-Water Testing of Marine Hydrokinetic Energy Devices: Preprint

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The ocean-energy industry is still in its infancy and device developers have provided their own equipment and procedures for testing. Currently, no testing standards exist for ocean energy devices in the United States. Furthermore, as prototype devices move from the test tank to in-water testing, the logistical challenges and costs grow exponentially. Development of a common instrumentationpackage that can be moved from device to device is one means of reducing testing costs and providing normalized data to the industry as a whole. As a first step, the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has initiated an effort to develop an instrumentation package to provide a tool to allow common measurements across various ocean energy devices. The effort is summarized in thispaper. First, we present the current status of ocean energy devices. We then review the experiences of the wind industry in its development of the instrumentation package and discuss how they can be applied in the ocean environment. Next, the challenges that will be addressed in the development of the ocean instrumentation package are discussed. For example, the instrument package must be highlyadaptable to fit a large array of devices but still conduct common measurements. Finally, some possible system configurations are outlined followed by input from the industry regarding its measurement needs, lessons learned from prior testing, and other ideas.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2010
EventOCEANS 2010 MTS/IEEE Seattle - Seattle, Washington
Duration: 20 Sep 201023 Sep 2010


ConferenceOCEANS 2010 MTS/IEEE Seattle
CitySeattle, Washington

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-500-49004


  • MHK
  • ocean energy
  • ocean energy devices
  • testing marine hydrokinetic devices


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