A Definitive History of Offshore Energy at UMass Amherst

Engineering Professors from the University of Massachusetts Amherst have been involved in developing renewable energy power systems from the oceans since the 1970’s.  The original proposal on this subject resulted in a pioneering research grant on renewable energy systems from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Professor McGowan, a member of the original team (32 Professors) at UMass will review and summarize the engineering , environmental, and policy aspects of ocean energy power systems.  He will concentrate on the past (and current) work in Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) and Offshore Wind Farms.  These large utility-scale systems were designed to produce electrical energy output as well as gaseous hydrogen and liquid ammonia fuel outputs. This work was funded by grants from the NSF, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Solar Energy Research Institute (now NREL).

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 4:00pm
E-Lab 2 Rm. 118 (Kellogg Room)