2018 North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Symposium


7th Annual Renewable Ocean Energy Symposium
UNC Coastal Studies Institute
Wanchese, NC
April 5 and 6, 2018

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.

Draft Agenda (1/8/2018; subject to change)

April 5, 2018

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 7th Annual NC Renewable Ocean Energy Symposium

Session I: Hydrokinetic Resource Assessment

8:20 AM      Gulf Stream Observational Resource Assessment – Mike Muglia and Patterson Taylor

8:50 AM      Comprehensive Gulf Stream Ocean Energy Resource Assessment Using an Integrated Observing and Modeling Approach – Rouying He and John Bane

9:20 AM      Wave Energy Monitoring and Health Management Using Underwater Wireless Communication Network – Tiefu Zhao

9:50 AM       Modeling of Wave Energy Conversion Devices for Real Sea States – Billy Edge

10:20 AM       Three-Dimensional Layout Optimization and Real-Time Control for Ocean Current Turbine Arrays – Chris Vermillion and Praveen Ramaprabhu

10:50 AM     Break (Room 242)

Session II: Environmental Impact and Economic Aspects

11:05 AM     An integrative 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

11:35 AM       Diversifying Investments in NC Offshore Renewable Energy Technologies – Joe DeCarolis and Anderson de Queiroz

12:05 PM      Lunch (Room 242)

12:15 PM      Poster Session (Room 250)

Session III: Innovative System Components: Development and Optimization


1:15 PM       Vertical Axis Autorotating Turbine for Hydrokinetic Energy Harvesting – Kenneth Granlund

1:45 PM       A Hermetically Sealed Magnetically Geared Marine Hydrokinetic Generator – Wesley Williams and Jonathan Bird

2:15 PM       Advancing the Technology Readiness Level of Magnetic Gears through Modular Design and Endurance Testing – Wesley Williams

2:45 PM      Comparative Analyses of Liquid-Piston Based Techniques for Near-isothermal Air Compression – Paul Ro and Andre Mazzoleni

3:15 PM       Optimized Hybrid-Energy-Storage Integration for Multiple WEC Systems and Modular Packaging for Pilot Demonstration – Subhashish Bhattacharya

3:45 PM       Break (Room 242)

4:00 PM       Keynote

5:25 PM       Adjourn

5:45 PM      Reception (TBD); Comments at 6:00 PM and dinner at 6:30 PM


April 6, 2018

8:00 AM      Reconvene (coffee in Rm 250)

Session IV: Electrical Interface and Power Transmission

8:30 AM      High Efficiency and High Reliability Direct Current Circuit Protection and Underwater Interconnection Device for Marine Hydrokinetic Energy Harvesting – Iqbal Hussain and Landon Mackey

9:00 AM      Hybrid High Voltage AD/DC System Protection and Controls for Interfacing Off-Shore Power Generations with On-shore Grid – Madhav D. Manjrekar

Session IV: Mooring and Anchoring

9:30 AM      MHK Structure-Sloping Seabed: Response, Instability and Sediment Transport – Shamim Rahman, Aleja Ortiz and M. Gabr

10:00 AM    Bio-mediated Soil for Mitigation of Scour at Foundation Supporting Marine Hydrokinetics Devices- Brina Montoya and M. Gabr

10:30 AM    Micropiles for Anchoring Marine Hydrokinetics off the North Carolina Coast – M. Gabr, Roy Borden, and Mohammad PourGhaz

11:00 AM    Technical Advisory Committee meeting (Rm 242)

11:00 AM    Break out: Interactive Researchers Session

12:00 PM    Lunch Served

1:30 PM      Report out & advice on issues to be addressed in the coming year from Technical Advisory Committee; announcement of poster session winner

2:00 PM     Close and adjourn


All attendees, including oral and poster presenters, must register by completing and returning the following form to Kim Armstrong ([email protected]) by March 1, 2018.
To Download the form, please click HERE.

Symposium attendees must make reservations themselves and are responsible for all costs. Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the locations listed below for the nights of April 4 and 5, and a limited number will also be available on April 6. The rooms will be released on February 16. Please make your reservation at your earliest convenience.

The Tranquil House Inn (individual rooms)
405 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo, NC 27954
Ask for Jackie. Reserved at the state rate under the “NC Renewable Ocean Energy Program” block.

Friends of Elizabeth II (shared rooms for NCROEP graduate students and no other guests)
603 Harriot St, Manteo, NC 27954
Contact: Jaye Massecar, Guest House Director, 252-473-3524, [email protected]
Shared rooms for graduate students (we apologize but the FOEII cannot accommodate the families and friends of students) are reserved under the “NC Renewable Ocean Energy Program” block.

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