Energy Research at the University of Washington

Brian Polagye

Energy Research Area: Sustainable development of marine renewable energy from currents and wave.

Associate Professor
College of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

My research on marine renewable energy is broadly divided into two areas. The first is optimization and control of devices that generate electricity from currents (tidal/river) and waves. Explorations center on experiments and are augmented by simulation and field testing. Device scales of interest range from those capable of powering a small sensor package to those capable of meeting regional power needs through large arrays. The second area is instrumentation for marine energy resource characterization and environmental research. This includes developing tools, such as integrated instrumentation packages, that can be used to study the environmental effects of marine energy converters.

The Adaptable Monitoring Package, an integrated instrumentation package, and its deployment vehicle, the “Millennium” Falcon ROV undergoing tank testing
The Adaptable Monitoring Package, an integrated instrumentation package, and its deployment vehicle, the “Millennium” Falcon ROV undergoing tank testing

Research Images

Two-bladed cross-flow turbine experimental apparatus and measurements of turbulence intensity in the wake using acoustic Doppler velocimetry

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Record last updated on May 26th 2016 PST.