Video: Test tank for Wave Energy Prize finalists

MASK Basin at Carderock (Photo: Wave Energy Prize)
MASK Basin at Carderock (Photo: Wave Energy Prize)

US Navy’s Maneuvering and Seakeeping (MASK) Basin at Naval Surface Warfare Center in Carderock, Maryland, will be a center of wave energy development activities this month as the finalists for the Wave Energy Prize challenge conduct final tests of their scaled wave energy devices.

The 360-foot long and 240-foot-wide facility holds approximately 12 million gallons of water and is used to evaluate the maneuverability, stability and control of scale models.

It’s one of the largest indoor oceans in the world, making the MASK one of the most advanced test facilities of its kind.

The first team testing its wave energy device at MASK Basin as part of the Wave Energy Prize challenge is M3 Wave with its NEXUS device, starting from August 8.

The testing will continue throughout August and September, with the final team, SEWEC, scheduled to test its wave energy device from October 3 to 7, 2016.

Take a look at the video released by US Department of Defense to learn more about the MASK Basin.

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