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Paul Meyer, BSEE Technical Representative
Ohmsett – The National Oil Spill Response Research & Re- waves that more closely approximate waves in the ocean, and newable Energy Test facility is the test bed for some of the most waves that can be break at speci? c locations within the tank. innovative technologies used in the spill response industry for By providing independent and objective performance testing oil spill detection, containment, and removal. Managed by the of full-scale oil spill response equipment and marine renew-
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) un- able energy systems (wave energy conversion devices), cus- der a contract with Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA), tomers are able to use the facility to conduct tests on skimming it is the largest outdoor facility of its type in North America. vessels, sorbents, dispersants, sunken oil detection, oil emul-
Ohmsett conducts research, testing, and training with full scale sions, oil-in-ice recovery, remote sensing, marine hydrokinetic equipment using real oil in a repeatable and controlled simu- turbines, marine debris removal technology, and much more. lated marine environment. Ohmsett’s most notable feature Ohmsett partners with industry to offer ? rst responders the is the above-ground concrete test tank measuring 667 x 65 most realistic hands-on training available. Training using real x 8 feet deep ? lled with 2.6 million gallons of crystal clear oil provides participants the opportunity to practice operational salt water. The wave generating capabilities include program- methods and use of response technologies that are critical to mable amplitude, frequency and wave length, creating random successful oil spill response operations.
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