DVIDS - News - University of Hawaii at Mnoa Wins First U.S. DOE Marine Energy Collegiate Competition



The University of Hawaii at Mnoa has received allocated project funds and resources from Naval Facilities (NAVFAC) Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (EXWC) to further develop their wave energy conversion (WEC) technology as the university wins the first United States Department of Energy (U.S. DOE) Marine Energy Collegiate Competition (MECC) for 2020. Spearheaded by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and managed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on behalf of the U.S. DOEs Water and Power Technologies Office, the MECC probed multidisciplinary teams comprised of undergraduate and graduate students to develop adaptable solutions to support blue economy. Blue economy is defined as the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs while preserving the heath of each ocean. MECC teams were asked to design, optimize and explore new opportunities that support blue economy, while furthering the marine energy industry. University of Hawaii at Mnoas teamnamed the Halona WEC Teamis comprised of three graduate students, one undergraduate student, and six faculty advisors. Their vision by competing in the MECC was to provide industry solutions and standards for small-scale wave energy conversion applications within blue economy. After intense deliberation, the Halona WEC Team focused on creating a self-charging mobile WEC powered platform that can charge observa....

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