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Paul Gibbs

Mechanical Engineer IV





Department Affiliation

Ocean Engineering


B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, 2010


Commissioning a Tidal Turbine Testing System

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31 Jul 2019

A Laboratory and UW Department of Mechanical Engineering team is working on Lake Washington to continue testing the full-scale prototype marine hydrokinetic energy device. The turbine is mounted on the R/V Russell Davis Light gantry and then lowered between the catamaran hulls so that researchers can simulate flows past the turbine without disruptions from the vessel or other structures.

A suite of sensors, including load and torque cells and an acoustic Doppler velocimeter, monitor the turbine. Data acquired are used to characterize turbine performance under various simulated flow conditions in real time and in post-processing analysis.

Persistent Environmental Monitoring Near an Operational Wave Energy Converter

In the first demonstration of the technology, the WEC supplied all the power needed by the multi-sensor Adapatable Monitoring Package.

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15 Jul 2019

For over 6 months, ocean environment observations were captured by the sensor package powered only by the ocean waves at the U.S. Navy Wave Energy Test Site off Oahu, HI.

Here, offshore Hawaii, the Navy is interested to understand the risk of interactions between wave energy conversion devices and marine animals, especially humpback whales. During its deployment the acoustic, sonar, photo, and video sensors detected, characterized, and recorded marine animals (no whales) relying only on the wave power captured by and converted to electricity by the Fred. Olsen BOLT Lifesaver buoy.

Wave Energy Buoy that Self-deployes (WEBS)

The Wave Energy Buoy that Self-deploys (WEBS) converts surface wave energy to mechanical and electrical power. WEBS is an easily deployed power station that can operate anywhere in the off-shore environment. Potential applications include power sensor payloads for scientific instrumentation; power station for autonomous systems, undersea vehicles, and/or surface vessels; and communications relay.

Research collaborators are the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and Columbia Power Technologies.

13 Dec 2016

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