In an effort to accelerate the growth of the tidal energy industry through knowledge sharing and open source initiatives, IT Power Ltd. has the great pleasure to announce the release of ROMS-Tidal-Array (Beta version). This patch can be installed into the Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS) software and provides a tool to model tidal turbine arrays based on a tidal turbine parameterisation method, accounting for the momentum capture as well as the sub-grid scale turbulence balance perturbations for each individual device. This modelling tool enables accurate analysing the flow characteristics for impact and resource assessment purposes for reasonable computational costs and therefore enables the use of optimisation strategies to assess different layouts. ROMS Tidal Array can be downloaded from this link.
Ladies and Gentleman, the moment you all have been waiting for is here – L’École Centrale De Nantes has released an open source boundary-element method (BEM) code called Nemoh for the computation of linear wave forces on and wave fields around floating bodies, i.e. wave energy converters (WECs). The software is being released under Apache License, Version 2.0.
An analysis with BEM software is the required first step in the design and modeling of a WEC. Commercial BEM codes can cost $25,000 and up. The release of a free and modifiable BEM software package can help a great number of small WEC developers and researchers who can’t afford the commercial version, and it has the potential to develop a community of users who are actively engaged in improving it!
You can obtain a copy of Nemoh here: http://lheea.ec-nantes.fr/doku.php/emo/nemoh/start?&#nemoh
Tropical diseases, such as tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, that effect millions of people in third-world countries have not received nearly the same amount of attention from drug companies as so-called new-age diseases such as cancer and diabetes that are more prevalent in the first-world. The reasons for this are straight-forward: the manufacturing interest of pharmaceutical industry is largely driven by the demand and purchasing capacity of the consumer population.
The Open Source Drug Discover (OSDD) is changing this model. OSDD is a project lead by a team in India that through an open and crowd sourced platform is searching for new therapies and treatments to previously neglected but prevalent diseases. The current focus is on TB and Malaria. The project is already producing promising results: several candidates have been identified for TB as ‘hit to lead‘ and OSDD is in discussion with various organizations for the development of clinical and pre-clinical candidates.
Open-source offshore renewable energy is really happening. Free tools are being developed, and OpenORE will bring them all together!
Aalborg University together with Energinet.dk and Julia F. Chozas Consulting Engineer, have released a freely available online spreadsheet to evaluate the Levelised Cost of Energy (LCOE) for wave energy projects. The open-access tool calculates the LCOE based on the power production of a Wave Energy Converter (WEC) at ten locations. Production data may derive from laboratory testing, numerical modelling or from sea trials. The tool has been developed as a transparent and simple model that evaluates WEC’s economic feasibility in a range of locations, while scaling WEC’s features to the selected site.
You can download the tool from Julia’s website:
Open-source offshore renewable energy is happening! Open Wave Energy Project (OWEP) is developing an open-source wave energy converter called iowep. They have already completed scaled tests at Aalborg University as part of the EU FP-7 funded MARINET program, and they plan to deploy a larger version in Norwegian waters.
In the spirit of open-source, their website provides detailed descriptions, pictures, and videos of the iowep, allows access to their scientific reports including the results of their MARINET tests, and promises to publish data from future tests.
Check them out at: openwaveenergy.org