Tanana River Test Site Model Verification Using the Marine and Hydrokinetic Toolkit (MHKiT)

Emily Browning, Sterling Olson, Rebecca Fao, Adam Keester, James McVey

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The marine energy (ME) industry historically lacked a standardized data processing toolkit for common tasks such as data ingestion, quality control, and visualization. The marine and hydrokinetic toolkit (MHKiT) solved this issue by providing a public software deployment (open-source and free) toolkit for the ME industry to store and maintain commonly used functionality for wave, tidal, and river energy. This paper demonstrates an initial model verification study in MHKiT. Using Delft3D, a numerical model of the Tanana River Test Site (TRTS) at Nenana, Alaska was created. Field data from the site was collected using an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) at the proposed Current Energy Converter (CEC) locations. MHKiT is used to process model simulations from Delft3D and compare them to the transect data from the ADCP measurements at TRTS. The ability to use a single tool to process simulation and field data demonstrates the ease at which the ME industry can obtain results and collaborate across specialties, reducing errors and increasing efficiency.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number3326
Number of pages11
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2023

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NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5700-85127


  • ADCP
  • Delft3D
  • DOLfYN
  • marine energy
  • MHKiT
  • Tanana River
  • transect


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