Resource Assessment

Marine Current Turbine Wakefield Modeling

Led by James VanZwieten, Ph.D.
Affiliated Home Campus: Boca Raton
Affiliated Department: Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geomatics Engineering
Remote only project


This proposed project will enhance the modeling of marine current turbine array wakefields. Marine current turbines (MCTs) are currently being developed to harness the vast reserves of energy present in rivers, coastal tides, and ocean currents. To scale energy production for more significant contributions towards renewable energy goals, MCTs should be deployed in farm arrays, like the wind turbine farms scattered across the land. During the 10 weeks of the REU program, methodologies for calculating wakefields will be enhanced and new algorithms will be developed. This effort will improve the accuracy at which marine current turbine array power predictions can be made and provide a user friendly tool to assist with array planning. As development of singular MCT’s progress, these contributions will hopefully have a positive impact on the future of MCT array planning and implementation. This work is the continuation of a previous REU site effort that was conducted by Daniel Huang under the supervision of James VanZwieten (see “2020 Projects and Participants” on this website).

HBOI ocean fish