The EcoEnergyII consortium has the pleasure to announce the release of PySeidon. PySeidon is a open-source Python-based package gathering specific analysis functions for measured and simulated data for the attention of tidal energy community and FVCOM users. This package can be downloaded from this link
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.
Open Data is here! nnmrec.oregonstate.edu/open-data The US Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center is hosting data from physical tests for the marine renewable energy research community. Sharing experimental data is a great way to increase the impact of your research and gain wider recognition for your work. Already there are data sets from Autonomous Wave Energy Converter tests in the OH Hinsdale Wave Lab at Oregon State University and from a University of Washington Micropower Tidal Turbine. Bret Bosma, the project’s founder said this: “The motivation for the site is to allow researchers and developers to be able to share their data to foster collaborations and advance the industry.” Great idea Bret!
The UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has developed a Marine Renewable Energy Knowledge Exchange Programme that provides a wealth of valuable and well-organized information. On the existing (and ever-developing) programme portal, you will find:
- An events calendar, which relays information on marine renewable energy events.
- A funding page that highlights all funding opportunities that could be relevant to people in the sector. When new items are added, alerts will be tweeted, so follow @MREKEP on Twitter. The programme can also directly fund certain small projects and internships.
- Literature – papers, reports and more. There is a huge library of links – it is searchable and growing! Anyone can submit entries to be added to this collection by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Images – It can be tough to source relevant pictures for work such as web content. The site is working to build up a collection that anyone can use as long as they credit the photographer. Feel free to add to it.
- Research – There is also the beginning of a database of ongoing research in the field.
The NERC MREKEP portal is really excellent. Take a minute to check out the site: