RENEW 2018 was held at Lisbon, Portugal, an instance attended by experts in the area of marine renewable energy research.

In October Gonzalo Tampier e Ignacio Pregnan, experts form the Marine Research and Innovation Center (MERIC), attended the 3rd InternationalConference on Renewable Energies Offshore (RENEW 2018), in Lisbon, Portugal. This meeting gathers professionals, academics and students from around the world, who are interested in marine energy development.

About the event, Gonzalo Tampier affirmed: “During this 3-day conference we had the opportunity to show our work at MERIC, specifically from the UACh (Austral University of Chile by its Spanish acronym) in the subject of marine energy. We were able to learn about the state of the art while also making valuable international contacts. We hope this networking effort will conduct to a collaboration during the future years of MERIC, which will enter its second stage soon, instance that will be led by me”.

During the assembly, both researchers presented their results. Gonzalo Tampier exposed his work “Blade-resolved CFD analysis and validation of blockage correction methods for tidal turbines” while Ignacio Pregnan talked about  “Simulation of motions and forces for a generic wave energy converter using RANS CFD”.

About the experience and presentation given, Ignacio Pregnan commented: “I presented my work on CFD simulations, which aims to obtain the response, forces and accelerations of a WEC device. Specifically, we consider a generic buoy, of which we have real world data obtained in experiments conducted by Gonzalo tampier and Laura Grüter at the UACh”

Renewable Energies Offshore are becoming important contributors to the total energy produced in some countries, hence the reason for the increasing interest on them. Indeed, the Conference on Renewable Energies Offshore 2018, and its parallel sessions, had the objective of exchanging information on the advances and gained experiences in the development of concepts, design and operation of marine energy extraction devices.