André Governo is a third-year PhD candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon. His research forms an integral part of the “WAVEBUOY” project, which aims to develop an innovative wave-powered converter for sustained oceanographic measurements offshore the Azores archipelago. It focuses on advanced numerical modelling and study of the buoy hydrodynamics and moorings under extreme wave conditions. As a highly multidisciplinary project, the scientific collaboration during his stay in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is essential, particularly considering the converter’s unique demands compared to traditional grid-powered counterparts. This partnership prioritizes two main objectives: designing the mooring system, and optimizing the current WAVEBUOY prototype, thus contributing to sustainable energy generation technology based on ocean resources.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Grant duration: 6 months