Wave energy device optimization for reverse osmosis desalination - QC-097

Preferred Disciplines: Master or PhD student with a background related to wave energy conversion devices (Mechanical or marine engineering etc.) 
Project length: 4 to 6 months
Desired start date: As soon as possible
Location: Sherbrooke, Quebec (+ trip to Florida, USA for tests. Covered by Oneka)
Preferences: No preferences for language
Company: Oneka Technologies 

About Company:

Small startup from Sherbooke that begun the developpement of the desalination buoy back in 2012. The company is currently developping its 4th generation of prototype and targets next year for its first commercial contract. The team is small, efficient and not afraid of challenge to make an impact.

Project Description:

Reverse osmosis membranes are sensitive to pressure and flow fluctuations with limits defined by the manufactures. The company has developed a patented system that uniformises these pressures and flows. Though, the wave energy device shape and design has to be optimized to fit the power matrix of the particular hydraulic system of the buoy. A new numerical model will have to be developped during the internship to correctly forecast and optimize the water production of the buoy in various wave regimes.

Background and required skills

Research Objectives/Sub-Objectives:

  • A fully tested and validated numerical model of the buoy with various parameters that can be easily modified
  • A tool to optimize the shape and size of the wave powered desalinator to maximise water production


  • Litterature review different WEC models
  • Analysis of the current model in place
  • Create a new or modify the current model in place
  • Compare the results of the model with real-life testing and bench testing to improve its accuracy

Expertise and Skills Needed:

  • Knowledge in wave energy converters
  • Ability to create numerical models using Simulink, Matlab or other softwares
  • Confortable with hands-on activities

For more info or to apply to this applied research position, please

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  2. Complete this webform. You will be asked to upload your CV. Remember to indicate the title of the project(s) you are interested in and obtain your professor’s approval to proceed!
  3. Interested students need to get the approval from their supervisor and send their CV along with a link to their supervisor’s university webpage by applying through the webform or directly to Jérôme Cabana at, jcabana(a)mitacs.ca