Archive for October, 2008
U.S. Department of Interior’s Minerals Management Service awards Resolute tank testing time at OHMSETT National Oil Spill Response Test Tank Facility
Pursuant to a request for proposals under a FY 2009 Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) under the Technology Assessment and Research (TA&R) Program, Resolute was awarded tank testing time to test wave energy converter prototypes at the OhmsettÂ National Oil Spill Response Test Tank Facility in Leonardo, NJ (www.ohmsett.com). Resolute CEO Bill Staby commented, "we're extremely grateful to the MMS for awarding us this valuable tank testing time and we look forward to working together with the MMS in 2009 to develop a strong knowledge base around using wave tanks to fairly evaluate various wave energy converter designs."
The workshop was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and was held at the headquarters of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Washington, DC. Resolute CEO Bill Staby commented, "The best part about this workshop was that stakeholders representing a broad cross section of public and private interests gathered to express their opinions about where the marine renewable energy industry needs to focus R&D spending to be most assured of success. Even if there is disagreement, the simple fact that people are in a problem-solving mode and are listening carefully to different views is productive. What was also very re-assuring about the meeting was that the Department of Energy representatives were paying very close attention to what was being said."
Fall River, MA - The Marine Renewable Energy Consortium (www.mrec.umassd.edu) held its inaugural event at the UMASS Dartmouth Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center (ATMC). The day-long meeting, the "Ocean Energy for New England Conference", attracted attendees from industry, government and academia and featured speakers included representatives of the New and Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC) from Newcastle, England (www.narec.co.uk/home.php) and the SuperGen Marine Consortium of Edinburgh, Scotland (www.supergen-marine.org.uk/news.php). MREC seeks to develop a network of technology developers and energy users who will collectively define the needs of the nascent marine renewable energy industry and work to bring together the required technology, capital, infrastructure, and human resources to implement ocean based renewable energy in the most sustainable manner for the region.