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Sewec team successful in the latest round of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wave Energy Prize.

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U.S. Department of Energy’s Wave Energy Prize Announces Finalist Teams – See more at: waveenergyprize.org

The nine finalists and two alternates, identified from the 17 remaining official qualified teams, will continue their quest to double the energy captured from ocean waves and win a prize purse totalling more than $2 million. Each of the finalists and alternates will now receive seed funding from DOE to develop 1/20th scale models of their wave energy converter (WEC) technologies. These models will be tested at the nation’s most advanced wave-making facility, the Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Manoeuvring and Seakeeping (MASK) Basin at Carderock, Md., beginning in the summer of 2016.

The SEWEC team is an ad-hoc group enthused by the Wave Energy Competition and the SEWEC. All engineers, they contribute specialist knowhow in the following areas: (i) Byron Barnes – aerodynamics/fluid dynamics, (ii) Carol Bennett – media relations and funding co-ordination. (iii) Tom Benson – manufacturing, wave energy concepts and tank testing, (iv) Sean Lavelle – renewable energy, primarily from waves. – See more at: https://waveenergyprize.org/teams/sewec#sthash.EM8xyG5s.dpuf

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