2019 North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Symposium

8th Annual Renewable Ocean Energy Symposium
Coastal Studies Institute
Wanchese, NC
April 15 and 16, 2019

Researchers from 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. A reception at a nearby restaurant will follow the program on April 15.

To download the Agenda, please click HERE. 

Draft Agenda (2/06/2019; subject to change)

April 15, 2019

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 8th Annual NC Renewable Ocean Energy Symposium

Session I: Hydrokinetic Resource Assessment

8:20 AM      Gulf Stream Observations from a Custom Research Vessel and Beyond – Mike Muglia, Patterson Taylor, and Nick Desimone

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

Session II: Human Dimensions and Environmental Impacts

9:15 AM      Human dimensions of marine and hydrokinetic energy development off the NC coast: The role of values and attitudes in the social acceptability of a new use of marine space  – Linda D’Anna

9:40 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, Larissa Avens, Steve Lockhart, Jinchun Yuan, and Rouying He

10:05 AM       Dynamically Coupling the Impact of Marine Hydrokinetic Devices on the Wave Field and Sediment Transport  – Alejandra Ortiz

10:30 AM      Student Poster Session  (Room 250)

12:00 PM      Lunch (Room 242)

Session III: Expanding MHK Research and Education Capacity

12:45 PM     Energy Harvesting from Ocean Waves through Education and Research – Michael Atkinson

1:10 PM      Jennettes Pier Wave Energy Test Facility  – Mike Muglia and Lindsay Dubbs

Session IV: Innovative System Components: Development and Optimization


1:40 PM       Liquid Crystal Thermoset Composites for Marine Energy Harvesting  – Mark Pankow and Theo Dingemans

2:05 PM       A Hermetically Sealed Magnetically Geared Marine Hydrokinetic Generator  – Wesley Williams and Jonathan Bird

2:30 PM     Evaluating Magnetic Gearboxes under Failure Scenarios from Jennette’s Pier Wind Turbines using Computational Fluid Dynamics – Wesley Williams and Navid Goudarzi

2:55 PM      Break (Room 242)

3:10 PM       Developing North Carolina Manufacturing for Source Laminated Steel Parts for use in Magnetic Gear Assemblies – Wesley Williams

3:35 PM      Advanced Control, Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) for WEC Systems Using Heterogenous Underwater Communication Network –  Tiefu Zhao and Tao Han

4:00 PM      Dynamic Modeling and Optimal Control of Three-Dimensional Ocean Current Turbine Arrays in Realistic Gulf Stream Turbulence Environments – Chris Vermillion, Praveen Ramaprabhu, and Mike Muglia

4:25 PM      Tethered Coaxial Turbines for Hydrokinetic Energy Harvesting – Kenneth Granlund, Andre. O. Mazzoleni, and Matthew Bryant

4:50 PM      Questions and Discussion

5:20 PM       Adjourn

5:45 PM      Reception (Avenue Grille, Manteo, NC ): Student poster session and cash bar at 5:45 PM and dinner at 6:30 PM

April 16, 2019

8:30 AM      Reconvene (coffee in Rm 250)

8:45 AM     Keynote

Session V: Electrical Interface and Power Transmission

9:45 AM      Hybrid High Voltage AD/DC System Protection and Controls for Interfacing Off-Shore Power Generations with On-shore Grid – Madhav D. Manjrekar* and Badrul Chowdhury

10:10 AM      Design of Medium Voltage Direct Current (MVDC) Circuit Protection and Coordination System for Voltage Source Converter Dominated Wave Energy Based Coastal Microgrids – Iqbal Hussain, Cheng Peng, Leonard White, Landon Mackey, and Md Rifat Kaisar Rachi

Session VI: Energy Storage

10:40 AM      Optimal Techniques for Near-isothermal Compression and Expansion using Liquid-Piston  – Paul Ro and Jun Liu

11:05 AM    Optimal Sizing and Operation of HESS (Hybrid-Energy-Storage System) for Integration of Multiple Wave Energy Conversion (WEC) Systems – Subhashish Bhattacharya

11:30 AM    Lunch (Room 242)

Session VII: Mooring and Anchoring

12:15 PM    Analyses for Instability of MHK Structure on Sloping Seabed Coupled with Evolving Morphology due to Sediment Transport – M.S. Rahman, Alejandra Ortiz, and M.A. Gabr

12:40 AM    Structural Health Monitoring of Micropiles for Anchoring Marine Hydrokinetics off the North Carolina Coast – Mohammad PourGhaz

1:05 PM    Load Capacity Model and Durability of Micropiles Anchoring Marine Hydrokinetic Device – Mo Gabr, Roy Borden, and Mohammad PourGhaz

1:30 PM    Bio-mediated Soil for Mitigation of Scour at Foundation Supporting Marine Hydrokinetics Devices – Brina Montoya, Mo Gabr, and Jinung Do

1:55 PM     Questions and Discussion

2:30 – 3:30 PM      Technical Advisory Committee meeting (Room 242)

2:30 – 3:30 PM      Break Out: Interactive Researcher Session

3:00 PM      Report out and Discussion

3:30 PM      Adjourn


All attendees, including oral and poster presenters, must register by completing and returning the following form to Kim Armstrong (armstrongk@ecu.edu) by March 1, 2019.
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 14 and 15, and a limited number will also be available on April 16. The rooms will be released on February 12. 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, director@friendse2.org
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, dubbs@email.unc.edu.