2017 North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Symposium


6th Annual Renewable Ocean Energy Symposium
UNC Coastal Studies Institute
Wanchese, NC
April 5,6 and 7, 2017

Researchers from UNC Coastal Studies Institute, NC State University, UNC Charlotte, and NC Agricultural and Technical University, funded by the North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy program, will present their innovative research aimed at understanding, developing, and facilitating renewable ocean energy in North Carolina. The Symposium will feature a keynote speaker who is a leader in the renewable ocean energy sector and provide opportunity for discussion and collaboration.

Draft Agenda (4/4/2017; subject to change)

April 5, 2017; 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Option to participate in a Short Course on the Use of Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics to Analyze Fluid-Solid Interactions Including Wave Energy Converters.

Taught by Dr. Robert A. Dalrymple, Willard & Lillian Hackerman Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at Johns Hopkins University and Dr. Billy L. Edge, Professor of Practice, CCEE, North Carolina State University).

Students will understand the basic concepts of smooth particle hydrodynamics (GPUSPH) and how it is applied using graphical processors on high performance computers.  Examples involving wave energy devices, mooring systems, wave dynamics and complex fluid dynamics will be presented.  Students will be introduced to high-performance computing platforms that support this type of fluid dynamics modeling.

If interested in attending the short course, please RSVP to Dr. Billy Edge ([email protected]).

April 6, 2017

7:30 AM       Registration and Breakfast (Room 242)

8:00 AM      Welcome and Introductions  (Room 262)2016_NCROE_Symposium_wweb

8:10 AM       Expectations for the 6th Annual NC Renewable Ocean Energy Symposium

8:20 AM       Gulf Stream Ocean Energy Resource Assessment Observation Group – Mike Muglia and Patterson Taylor

8:45 AM        Comprehensive Gulf Stream Ocean Energy Resource Assessment Using an Integrated Observing and Modeling Approach – Xiangming Zeng, John Bane, and Rouying He

9:10 AM       Discussion

9:25 AM        Exploring Cost-Effective Deployment Strategies For Gulf Stream Energy – Joe DeCarolis and Anderson de Queiroz

9:50 AM        An integrative and holistic environmental and ecological assessment of the Gulf Stream current environment of the coast of Cape Hatteras, NC – Lindsay Dubbs* , Michael Piehler, Larisa Avens, Linda D’Anna, Steve Lockhart, Matthew Waters, Jinchun Yuan

10:15 AM      Discussion

10:30 AM       Break (Room 242)

10:40 AM      Three-Dimensional Layout Optimization and Real-Time Control for Ocean Current Turbine Arrays – Chris Vermillion and Praveen Ramaprabhu

11:05 AM       Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Generator for Harvesting Gulf Stream Hydrokinetic Energy – Mike Muglia, Andre Mazzoleni, and Chris Vermillion

11:30 AM       Keynote Presentation: Wave, Tsunami and Rip Current Modeling – Robert A. Dalrymple

12:15 PM      Lunch (Room 242)

12:45 PM      Poster Session (Room 250)2016_NCROE_Symposium_posterweb

1:15 PM       Magnetically Geared Marine Hydrokinetic Power Generation – Wesley Williams and Jonathan Bird

1:40 PM       Cost Effective Integration of Multiple Ocean Energy Power Take-Off Systems and Laboratory Testbed for WEC Performance Evaluation – Subhashish Bhattacharya

2:05 PM       Discussion 

2:20 PM       Instability of Marine Hydrokinetic (MHK) Device Components on Sloping Seabed – Shamim Rahman and M.A. Gabr

2:45 PM       Micropiles for Anchoring Marine Hydrokinetics off the NC Coast – M.A. Gabr and Roy Borden

3:10 PM       Discussion

3:25 PM       Break (Room 242)

3:35 PM       Biomediated Soil for Mitigation of Scour at Anchoring Foundation Supporting Marine Hydrokinetics Devices – Brina Montoya and M.A. Gabr

4:00 PM       Comparative Analyses of Compression and Expansion Systems for Ocean Compressed Air Energy Storage (OCAES) Demonstration System – Paul Ro and Andre Mazzoleni

4:25 PM       Discussion

4:40 PM       High Performance Hybrid DC Circuit Breakers for Electrical Power Transmission – Iqbal Husain and Landon Mackey

5:05  PM      Discussion

5:20 PM       Adjourn

April 7, 2017

8:00 AM       Breakfast & Technical Advisory Committee Meeting (Room 225)

9:30 AM       Breakout Sessions: Technology Development (Room 251) and Resource Assessment/Gulf Stream (Room 241)

11:30 AM       Report out advice on issues to be addressed in coming year from Technical Advisory Committee; announcement of poster session winner

12:00 PM       Close and adjourn



Symposium attendees must make reservations themselves (and their graduate students) and are responsible for all costs. Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the locations listed below for the nights of April 5 and 6 and will be held until March 1. Please make your reservation at your earliest convenience.

The Tranquil House Inn (individual rooms)

405 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo, NC 27954
Reserved at the state rate under the “UNC CSI” block.


Friends of Elizabeth II (shared rooms for graduate students)

603 Harriot St, Manteo, NC 27954
Contacts: Michelle Revels, Guest House Operations Manager, (252) 473-3524, [email protected]
Shared rooms are reserved under the “UNC CSI” block.

If you have questions, please contact Lindsay Dubbs, [email protected].