NREL Wave Tank Facts

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The wave tank, located at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL's) Flatirons Campus in Arvada, Colorado, provides a versatile testing environment for marine energy research. It features an OMEY Labs wave tank equipped with a flap-type wave generator. The design is nominally pitched in the range of 1/50 to 1/100 scale of waves in North Atlantic seas, with a working width of 2.5 meters (m) and a nominal working depth of 1.3 m. The total length of the tank is of 16 m, and it holds approximately 13,000 gallons of fresh water.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2022

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-5700-83711


  • Flatirons Campus
  • NREL facilities
  • wave generator
  • wave tank


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