Design, Simulation, and Control

NREL's computing resources allow our scientists and engineers to study the performance of wave energy systems at unprecedented levels of detail to enable the development of innovative and robust system designs.

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Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL

High-Performance Computing

NREL's high-performance computing system is the world's largest system dedicated to advancing renewable energy and energy-efficiency technologies.


NREL's OpenFAST modeling tool is updated with new capabilities for marine energy developers.

Variable Geometry and Controls

To reduce the cost of wave energy, we develop wave energy system technologies that can optimize power absorption and minimize peak loads and peak-to-average power using novel control strategies, like variable-geometry systems, which can change shape to produce more energy more efficiently.

Wave Array and System Integration Analysis

NREL designs numerical modeling tools to analyze and improve wave energy system integration with micro- and utility-scale grid systems as well as tools to optimize device array layout and performance in wave energy power plants.

Wave Energy Conversion Modeling

NREL develops open-source, computer-aided engineering tools and uses high-fidelity numerical modeling methods. These tools provide the wave energy community with state-of-the-art design and simulation capabilities needed to develop commercially viable technologies. 


Michael Lawson

Group Research Manager II, Systems Engineering