Archive for December, 2011

RME Successfully Concludes Ocean Tests in North Carolina

December 15th, 2011

RME today announced that it had successfully completed ocean trials of a wave energy converter prototype that it is developing pursuant to a Phase II SBIR grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The prototype is a near-shore, surge-type wave energy converter (WEC) that is mounted on the seafloor just outside the surf zone and captures energy from waves that pass overhead. In addition to funding from DOE, RME received valuable support from the University of North Carolina Coastal Studies Institute (UNC-CSI) and the North Carolina Aquariums Society which owns and operates the Jennette’s Pier facility where testing took place. RME Senior Engineer Cliff Goudey said, “These tests were our first foray into the ocean after many years of hard work developing computer models and conducting numerous tests in wave tanks.” “We learned a lot about the behavior of our WEC in real-world conditions and now we’ll move on to the next design iteration and ocean trials in what we hope will be a pre-commercial context.” RME CEO Bill Staby added; “This is a landmark event for both RME and the U.S. MHK industry.” “We’re really starting to prove beyond a doubt that marine hydrokinetic (MHK) technologies can be a significant contributor to global energy needs in the near future.”

RME CEO Elected Chairman of U.S. Standards Committee

December 6th, 2011

RME CEO Bill Staby was today elected Chairman of the U.S. delegation to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) TC-114 standards development committee. As Chairman of the U.S. delegation, Bill will be managing eight project teams that are developing technical standards applied to the marine hydrokinetics (MHK) industry in areas including device performance assessment, resource measurement/characterization, design integrity and operational safety. “The development of standards is critical to the advancement of the MHK industry,” Mr. Staby said. “Without them, MHK project developers, insurers and financiers cannot readily evaluate various risks or rely upon third party certifications.” Bill continued; “I’m honored to have been selected by my peers to lead the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG).” “My goals are to increase the number of U.S. experts serving on our project teams, improve communication and collaboration among team members and effectively represent U.S. interests in international proceedings.”