Large-Amplitude Motion Platform: A New Ocean Simulator Can Help Technologies Succeed

    Research output: NRELFact Sheet


    Offshore renewable energy technologies - like wave energy devices, wind turbines, floating solar panels, and hybrid systems - can help decarbonize our power grids as well as offshore activities like international shipping and seafood farming. But it's not always easy to build technologies hearty enough to operate in a powerful ocean environment. And subjecting promising prototypes to real ocean waves can be an expensive, time-consuming, and risky way to get these technologies ready for the high seas. Now, with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL's) new testing platform, called the large-amplitude motion platform (or LAMP for short), our experts can replicate powerful ocean waves in a low-risk laboratory setting. The LAMP, coupled with NREL's diverse array of testing instrumentation, can help technology developers rapidly hone their prototypes before embarking on a potentially costly and time-consuming ocean trial.
    Original languageAmerican English
    PublisherNational Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
    Number of pages2
    StatePublished - 2023

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/FS-6A42-87950


    • marine energy
    • motion platform


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