Oceanlinx and AMC awarded Australian Research Council Grant

29 July 2011

The Australian Research Council, through its Industry Linkage Project Program, has awarded a team of researchers at Oceanlinx and the Australian Maritime College a grant of $342,000 over a 3 year period to undertake research into the performance and design optimisation of the Oceanlinx Oscillating Water Column ocean wave energy converter. 

 

The researchers at AMC, which is part of the University of Tasmania in Launceston, include Professor Neil Bose, Gregor Macfarlane, Dr Laurie Goldsworthy and Dr Irene Penesis, who will work closely with Oceanlinx.

 

AMC and Oceanlinx have established an active collaboration over the past eight years, during which time numerous physical model experiments have been conducted within the AMC Model Test Basin and Towing Tank.

 

The aim of this new project is to optimize the next generation of Oceanlinx’s near-shore OWC ocean wave energy conversion system, for the production  of utility-scale electricity and desalinated water. Physical experiments will be used to visualise and quantify the particle flow in and around the systems to identify and minimise energy losses.

 

The results will ensure Oceanlinx, recipient of multiple international renewable energy awards, will continue to lead the world in the development of this most effective and economically attractive wave energy conversion system.

“The results will ensure Oceanlinx, recipient of multiple international renewable energy awards, will continue to lead the world in the development of this most effective and economically attractive wave energy conversion system.”

 

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