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3D WEC Hack

Wave Energy Converters promise sustainable energy from the oceans but demand innovation in oceanography, hydrodynamics and geotechnical engineering. Join the UWA Wave Energy Research Centre and Creative Albany D!GS to learn more and 3D print your own WEC design – and test it in the wave flume.

When: Friday, August 16 2019. 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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Where: Great Southern Marine Research Facility
55 Proudlove Parade, Albany, WA, 6330
Topic: Energy and transport, Environment and nature, Innovation and technology
Cost: Free
Bookings: 08 9842 0800
Other: Wheelchair access
Social Media: Facebook

The Albany coastline boasts an internationally envied wave energy resource that begs to be tapped into to secure our future energy needs: more consistent and more powerful than wind or solar. The new Great Southern Marine Research Facility (in the historic Albany railway station) now houses The University of Western Australia’s Wave Energy Research Centre – a new Australian knowledge hub for the world’s ocean renewables sector.

This event invites innovators and curious minds to learn about offshore renewables and associated engineering challenges, design their own wave energy converter (WEC) and 3D-print them to test in the small on-site wave flume.

  • How does the WEC affect the “downstream” wave structure and wave run-up onto the coastline?
  • How do different designs of WEC interact with the waves, and how can we benefit from their movement in the water to produce energy?
  • What are the challenges in anchoring WEC to the seafloor?

The event is a mentored group-based, hands-on workshop that also includes refreshments.

Contact details:

Wiebke Ebeling
UWA Albany - Wave Energy Research Centre
Phone: 08 9842 0874
Mobile: 0423 933 444

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