Programa de Diseno, Fabricacion y Pruebas del Sistema de Desalinizacion por Olas del NREL: Preprint (Spanish Translation)

Scott Jenne, Simon Gore, Michael Muglia, Ben McGilton, Aryana Nakhai

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To de-risk the U.S. Department of Energy's Waves to Water Prize, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed a modular, wave powered desalination system. The prize was open to wave energy converter (WEC) designs that generate electricity or WECs that desalinate water mechanically. This added installation risks due to the variance in competitor devices, and the aggressive installation timeline. To reduce these risks NREL developed a wave energy converter (WEC) that the installation team could use to practice installation techniques prior to the competitors arriving to ensure all steps had been considered prior to the event. This was achieved by developing a WEC with a modular power-take-off (PTO). The modular PTO can be configured in one configuration to drive an electric generator that sends electricity to a pier. The electricity that is generated is converted, and stored, so that it can be used to power an electric pump that feeds water to a Reverse Osmosis (RO) desalination unit. In the other configuration the generator is replaced with a pump and seawater is pumped to the RO system on the pier without any electrons being generated. This WEC is formally known as the Hydraulic and Electric Reverse Osmosis (HERO) WEC. For the English version of this report, see NREL/CP-5700-86623 (
Original languageSpanish
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2024
EventPan-American Marine Energy Conference (PAMEC) 2024 - Baranquilla, Colombia
Duration: 22 Jan 202424 Jan 2024


ConferencePan-American Marine Energy Conference (PAMEC) 2024
CityBaranquilla, Colombia

Bibliographical note

See NREL/CP-5700-86623 for the English translation of this report

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5700-88482


  • laboratory testing
  • ocean deployment
  • prototype
  • wave desalination

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