DOE Unveils Hydrodynamic Testing Facilities Database
August 11, 2009
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program recently unveiled a new database containing information on the test capabilities and services of a variety of U.S. hydrodynamic test facilities. The first-of-its-kind database encompasses 81 commercial, academic, and government facilities and offshore berths in 18 states, and will directly facilitate the testing of technologies designed to extract energy from waves and the currents of oceans, tides, and rivers.
DOE's Hydrodynamic Testing Facilities Database is expected to improve communication, collaboration, and access to testing facilities across the hydrodynamic and hydrokinetic research community. The database serves as a platform for marine and hydrokinetic technology developers to identify a U.S. facility where they can test and validate their prototype devices. Users can find out more information on dimensions, costs, and available personnel, as well as available sensors and applicable software used to gather and present data gathered during in-water testing.
At the identified hydrodynamic test facilities, researchers can examine the hydrodynamic characteristics of how the kinetic motion of water interacts with their devices. This allows technology developers to refine or validate their devices structurally, mechanically, or electrically.
Visit the Hydrodynamic Testing Facilities Database.
Learn more about DOE's water power research efforts through the Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program's Hydropower Technology Viability Web page.