Imagine a world where your household worked smarter and not harder. With more than 50% of the U.S. population living within 50 miles of the coastline, wave power has the potential to provide vast amount of clean, renewable energy for America. A unique public-private partnership between the Department of Energy and Topcoder, thanks to the NASA Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation, has announced the OpenWARP initiative to develop important simulation tools that will improve and lower the cost of wave energy technologies.
“Wave energy” harnesses the energy of ocean waves and converts it into electrical generation that can be transported back to shore for use by homes and businesses. Innovative machines known as wave energy converters (WECs) are used to capture the energy in these waves, which stem from tidal forces generated by periodic variations in the motion between celestial bodies such as the Earth and Moon.
[topcoder], in partnership with the Harvard NASA Tournament Lab & the United States Department of Energy, is launching Phase 2 of the Open-WARP (Open Wave Analysis and Response Program) TC Direct Challenge to help design new computational models that will ultimately improve the design of these WEC devices. These three organizations have 2 goals in mind with this series of contests: first, to develop a computational model for calculating the response of WECs to waves with varying characteristics such as wave height and frequency; second, to create free, open source, customizable software that will lower the barrier to entry in the renewable energy market. Coders can win cash prizes for each of the different contests, while demonstrating their skills in areas such as conceptualization, data analysis, and GUI development.
The winning Open-WARP code will become a part of Wave Energy Converter Simulation (WEC-Sim), an open-source software package that simulates the performance of WEC designs in generating electric power. Engineers are currently developing the software at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.
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