Water Power Research Facilities
NREL is a partner in advancing the marine and hydrokinetic industry by leveraging its vast experience gained in wind and water power research and development, along with established testing capabilities and facilities.
Our dynamometers can test a variety of drivetrain components and subsystems, including generators, gearboxes, mechanical or electronic brakes, power electronics, control systems, and software.
The Structural Test Laboratory supports the testing of marine and hydrokinetic devices and components needed to simulate and optimize operational performance of designs from concept to production.
The controllable grid interface allows manufacturers and system operators to test system responses to a range of grid conditions and conduct certification tests in a controlled environment. The simulator is fully integrated with two dynamometers and able to extend that integration to renewable energy devices in the field.