Water Power Research Facilities
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory 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 evaluation capabilities and facilities at the National Wind Technology Center.
Our dynamometers can evaluate power-take-off systems for wave and water power components and subsystems—including generators, gearboxes, mechanical or electro-dynamic brakes, power electronics, control systems, and software.
Three structural validation laboratories support the characterization and analysis of marine energy 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 assess system responses to a range of grid conditions and conduct certification evaluations 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.