Robert Raye is a senior Instrumentation and Data Acquisition Engineer assisting projects testing water power devices and resource/site characterizations with an M.S. in Ocean Engineering from Florida Atlantic University.
Prior to NREL, Rob spent 14 years at Shell as a Metocean Engineer and was responsible for measurement programs and the development of operational and design criteria studies primarily in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska. At Shell, Rob was a certified subject matter expert for Metocean instrumentation, data acquisition, and surveys as well as a Technical Authority for Metocean, Arctic, and Weather under Shell’s assurance framework governing major projects.
Rob has served on the working committees of studies sponsored by the National Academies of Science and American Petroleum Council and was a member of the Data Management and Communications committees for the Gulf Coast Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) and Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS), where he was also on the Board of Directors.
Rob is working on configuring and programming a data acquisition system to capture motions and production electric quality of a wave energy device. Aside from simply storing the acquired data in local memory, development goals of the software include parsing the data in near real time to generate engineering units and derive values, and to provide summary data back to shore. He also assisted in the drafting of an instrument selection and maintenance plan SOP for PacWave.
Soon he expects to become more involved in the resource characterization project in Cook Inlet for MHK sites and be the NREL lead on evaluations of a Wave Focusing Energy Converter (FOA-1837) with the University of Hawaii.