Stony Brook researchers are working with Northeastern scientists at the new Atlantic Marine Energy Center (AMEC) to conduct research and development that meets the ongoing needs for renewable ocean energy and sustainable. Stony Brook’s team was awarded $ 2 million to conduct their research, which is part of a four-year Department of Energy grant of $ 9.7 million to a consortium of academic institutions in the east coast led by the University of New Hampshire (UNH). AMEC will be one of four national marine renewable energy centers in the country.
Stony Brook’s team from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) includes Principal Investigator (PI) Ali Khosronejad, AMEC Co-Director and Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, Co-PI Fang Luo, Associate Director from AMEC and Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, and Co-PI Peng Zhang, Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering.
“The research conducted by AMEC will be a dynamic collaboration that will assess new technologies in an emerging field of renewable energy through the power of the oceans. We look forward to making a significant contribution to this initiative given our expertise in several research disciplines and our location and access to Long Island waters, ”said Khosronejad. “The project will significantly advance the state of the art in ocean energy harvesting and contribute significantly to the overall plan to combat climate change.”
The research partnership includes UNH, Stony Brook, Lehigh University and the Coastal Studies Institute administered by East Carolina University. The consortium through AMEC, along with key energy collaborators, will work to advance ocean energy technology through research, education and outreach, complementing of the work carried out in the national laboratories of the DOE. The collective applications developed by this partnership will help propel the “blue economy”, a newer concept that encourages better use of the ocean as a resource while reducing environmental damage.
Scientists and engineers from each institution, including faculty and students, will work in the field, in the lab or in the computer to study and implement ocean energy projects. Emphasis will be placed on scientific understanding and the overall efficiency of wave energy and tidal energy conversion, including wave-powered water pumps and tidal turbine farms.
According to Khosronejad, Stony Brook’s team will study the development of marine energy microgrid software and hardware, fluid-structure interactions, turbine-waterway-wave interactions, and sediment transport through numerical modeling. to optimize the design of tidal farms, i.e. tidal turbines installed in the estuary and coastal areas.
To conduct these projects, the Stony Brook team will integrate data-driven research by means of a supercomputing cluster within civil engineering and the Seawulf supercomputing cluster, as well as experiments in electrical engineering labs, including the Spellman High Voltage Power Electronics Lab and the Power & Energy Lab. .
AMEC will also collaborate with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, European Marine Energy Center and Old Dominion University.