Signature Projects

Signature Projects are intended to bring focus to a selection of U.S. Department of Energy's Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) projects. By designating a Signature Project, the project reports, datasets, and associated papers can be easily discoverable. By bringing together all aspects of a project, whether a completed legacy project or an ongoing investigation, the MRE community can be informed of what investigations have been undertaken, which have succeeded, what tools are available, and where gaps in information persist.

WPTO projects that are featured as Signature Projects are those for which project outputs are scattered across platforms or are difficult to find; or where the formal project has ended but papers are continuing to accrue. Many of these Signature Projects will be of interest internationally, feature key lessons that have been learned, and may have been the result of collaborations by multiple organizations.

Project Description Content Count
WEC-Sim WEC-Sim (Wave Energy Converter SIMulator) is an open-source code, developed in MATLAB/SIMULINK, for simulating wave energy converters. 69
Reference Model Project The Reference Model Project was a partnered effort to develop open-source marine hydrokinetic (MHK) point designs as reference models to benchmark MHK technology performance and costs, and an open-source methodology for design and analysis of MHK technologies, including models for estimating their capital costs, operational costs, and levelized costs of energy. 61
Resource Characterization Resource Characterization is a multi-lab project that builds on earlier WPTO-funded resource characterization efforts and is organized around five primary activity areas: wave modelling and analysis, tidal current modelling and analysis, resource characterization and classification, resource measurement, and data dissemination. 46
Advanced WEC Dynamics & Controls Sandia National Laboratories’ Advanced WEC (Wave Energy Converter) Dynamics and Controls project sought to leverage control design and dynamics modeling to improve the performance of WECs. 45
IEC TC 114 The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Technical Committee 114 (TC 114) was established in 2007 to develop international, consensus-based standards for the marine energy industry. The U.S. Department of Energy provides funding to enable qualified U.S. industry technical experts to populate TC 114 project teams and promote the development of standards. 19
MHKiT MHKiT (Marine and Hydrokinetic Toolkit) is an open-source marine renewable energy (MRE) software, developed in Python and MATLAB, that includes modules for ingesting, quality controlling, processing, visualizing, and managing data. 4
MRE Cybersecurity In order to increase cybersecurity awareness within the MRE industry, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office funded Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to develop guidance documents that describes a cybersecurity risk framework for MRE developers and end users to integrate security best practices into the MRE system lifecycle. 4