A Computer Tool to Control Co-Design Hydrokinetic Energy Systems
Project Innovation + Advantages:
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will expand its open-source Wind Energy with Integrated Servo-control (WEIS) toolbox to include control co-design capabilities of tidal and riverine hydrokinetic turbines. This new toolbox will enable the conception, design, simulation, and optimization of control co-designed hydrokinetic systems. The toolbox will facilitate innovation in the hydrokinetic turbine industry, allowing for less expensive and more reliable turbines. NREL will work with other SHARKS program participants to ensure the code being developed is valuable to hydrokinetic turbine designers.
Hydrokinetic energy is an abundant renewable energy source that presents unique opportunities and benefits.