Ocean Energy: Products and Pollutants (2017-2018)

As technological developments have better enabled us to understand and exploit ocean common-pool resources, the ocean’s economic potential will continue to be harnessed in new ways to meet demands for energy (offshore oil and gas, methane hydrates and alternative wind, tide, wave sources), food security (aquaculture, fisheries), minerals (deep sea mining), pharmaceuticals and other emerging needs.

This team focused on the products (e.g., energy from multiple sources) as well as pollutants (e.g., ocean noise, altered seascapes) resulting from ocean energy development.

Team members analyzed the values, judgments and preferences inherent in competing visions for management and governance of ocean energy resources and how to manage the products and pollutants. Team members also assessed the consequences of human decisions of current ocean energy issues, including deep-sea mining, traditional oil/gas development, renewable energy sources and governance of “high-seas” ocean energy resources.

The engineering component of the project involved designing, building and testing an ocean energy harvesting buoy. The applications portion of the project involved exploring the energy response of a standard ocean buoy based on its geometry (e.g. size, shape, center of mass) in an aquatic environment (e.g. wave tank tests and ocean tests at the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort). Tested devices were deployed at the Duke Marine Lab.

The team also participated in the State Energy Conference of North Carolina in Raleigh, on April 17, 2018.

Timing

Fall 2017 – Spring 2018  

Team Outcomes

A Tidal Energy Feasibility Study: Australia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea (poster by James Barry, Olivia Eskew, Alexandra DiGiacomo, Grant Larson, Tamasha Pathirathna, Christina Pipkin, Kelsey Johnson-Sapp, Sarina Weiss, Patrick Halpin, Douglas Nowacek), presented at Bass Connections Showcase, April 18, 2018

Designing an Energy Harvesting Buoy (poster by Miles Burnette, Kip Coonley, Chad Curd, Jack Ferrante, Conrad Mitchell, Era Kurtaliaj, Spencer Perkins, Dane Sequiera, Maxwell Silverstein, Matthew Treiber, Alexandra Wen, Martin Brooke, Brian Mann, Douglas Nowacek, John Virdin), presented at Bass Connections Showcase, April 18, 2018

See earlier related team, History and Future of Ocean Energy (2016-2017).

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Team Leaders

  • Martin Brooke, Pratt School of Engineering-Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Patrick Halpin, Nicholas School of the Environment-Marine Science and Conservation
  • Zackary Johnson, Nicholas School of the Environment-Marine Science and Conservation
  • Brian Mann, Pratt School of Engineering-Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
  • Douglas Nowacek, Nicholas School of the Environment-Marine Science and Conservation
  • John Virdin, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

/graduate Team Members

  • Olivia Eskew, Business and Environment
  • Kelsey Johnson-Sapp, Community Based Environmental, Master of Environmental Management, Coastal Environmental Management
  • Carley Reynolds, Master of Environmental Management, Environmental Economics/Policy

/undergraduate Team Members

  • James Barry, Biology (BS)
  • Miles Burnette, Mechanical Engineering (BSE)
  • Alexandra DiGiacomo, Biology (BS)
  • Jack Ferrante, Mechanical Engineering (BSE)
  • Era Kurtaliaj, Mechanical Engineering (BSE)
  • Grant Larson, Computer Science (BS), Environmental Sci/Policy (AB2)
  • Molly Mansfield, Int Comparative Studies (AB), Global Health (AB2)
  • Tamasha Pathirathna, Computer Science (BS)
  • Spencer Perkins, Mechanical Engineering (BSE)
  • Christina Pipkin, Biology (BS)
  • Maxwell Silverstein, Computer Science (BS), Environmental Sciences (BS2)
  • Thomas Tilton, Computer Science (BS)
  • Matthew Treiber, Economics (BS)
  • Sarina Weiss, Environmental Sci/Policy (AB)
  • Alexandra Wen, Biology (BS)
  • Jana Woerner, Environmental Sciences (BS)

/yfaculty/staff Team Members

  • Lori Bennear, Nicholas School of the Environment-Environmental Sciences and Policy
  • Elizabeth DeMattia, Nicholas School of the Environment-Marine Science and Conservation
  • Jay Golden, Nicholas School of the Environment-Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • Stephen Roady, Duke Law