Ohmsett – The National Oil Spill Response Research & Renewable Energy Test Facility provides independent and objective performance testing of full-scale oil spill response equipment and marine renewable energy systems (wave energy conversion devices), and helps improve technologies through research and development. It is the largest outdoor saltwater wave/tow tank facility in North America and is the only facility where full-scale oil spill response equipment testing, research, and training can be conducted in a marine environment with oil under controlled environmental conditions (waves and oil types). The development of standard tests over the years that also led to ASTM standards is the biggest asset. These are repeatable and accepted worldwide.
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- Business Type:
- Service provider
- Industry Type:
- Oil Spills
- Market Focus:
- Globally (various continents)
This company also provides solutions for other industrial applications.
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Think Tank. Think Ohmsett.
The facility, located an hour south of New York City, in Leonardo, New Jersey, is managed by the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).
Ohmsett is located at the Naval Weapons Station Earle Waterfront in scenic Leonardo, New Jersey (approximately one hour south of New York City). Ohmsett's above ground concrete test tank is one of the largest of its kind, measuring 203 meters long by 20 meters wide by 2.4 meters deep. The tank is filled with 2.6 million gallons of crystal clear saltwater.
The Ohmsett test tank allows testing of full-scale equipment. The tank's wave generator creates realistic sea environments, while state-of-the-art data collection and video systems record test results. Our facility has proven to be ideal for testing equipment, evaluating acquisition options, and validating research findings.
Government agencies, academia, public and private companies use Ohmsett as a research center to test oil spill containment/clean-up equipment and techniques, to test new designs in response equipment, and to conduct training with actual oil spill response technologies.
- A main towing bridge capable of towing test equipment at speeds up to 6 knots
- An auxiliary bridge oil recovery system to quantify skimmer recovery rates
- A wave generator capable of simulating regular waves up to one meter in height, as well as a simulated harbor chop, FM Slides with selectable: slue rates, start and stop; Pierson-Moskowitz & JONSWAP spectra parameterized by wind speed & scale
- A movable, wave-damping artificial beach
- An oil distribution and recovery system that can handle heavy, viscous oils and emulsions
- A control tower with a fully-computerized 32-channel data collection system as well as above-and below-water video
- A centrifuge system to recover and recycle test oil
- Blending tanks with a water and oil distribution system to produce custom oil/water emulsions for testing
- A filtration and oil/water separator system
- An electrolytic chlorinator to control biological activity
- Permanent and mobile storage tanks that can hold over 227,000 liters of test fluids
- A vacuum bridge to clean the bottom of the tank
- Staging and shop area for special fabrication
- On-site Oil/Water Laboratory
- 15,000 lb forklift
Through a variety of mechanical, electrical, and chemical systems at Ohmsett, the following test parameters can be controlled or measured:
- Sea state (wave height, length, and period)
- Tow speed
- Meteorological data
- Water temperature and salinity
- Volume of oil encountered and recovered by test equipment or protocol
- Oil-water ratios
- Physical characteristics of experimental oil
- Behavior of treated oils
Who Tests Here
To date, 37 countries have used Ohmsett for testing, research and development, and training.
- Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
- Canadian Coast Guard
- Environment Canada
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)
- National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
- New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
- State of Maine, Department of Environmental Protection
- United States Army Corps of Engineers, Cold Regions
- Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL)
- United States Coast Guard
- United States Department of Energy, Waterpower
- Technologies Office
- United States Department of Interior, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)
- United States Navy
- United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Blue Impact, AS
- Canflex Inc.
- Crucial Inc.
- Desmi RO-Clean
- Efinor Group (Ecoceane)
- Frank Mohn AS
- Kepner Plastics Fabricators, Inc.
- HALO Maritime Defense Systems
- HUSEN AS
- HARBO Technologies
- Lamor Group
- Lancer Industries Ltd.
- MARCO Pollution Control (Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc.)
- MFNS Tech, Inc.
- Natural Science, LLC
- NOFI Tromsr AS
- NorLense AS
- Ocean Imaging
- Oil Stop, Inc.
- Ocean Imaging
- OSR Systems LTD
- Oversea, LLC (Balaena)
- Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc.
- PPR Alaska
- 3D at Depth
- Queensboro Marine Equipment Ltd.
- Qingdao Sunic-Ocean Marine T&S Co.
- Sedosr Engineering
- Slysar Ltd.
- Smart Product Innovations, Inc. (SPI)
- Water Mapping, LLC
- WindTrans Systems LTD
- Tesoro Maritime Company
- American Petroleum Institute
- Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
- Lousiana State University
- New Jersey Institute of Technology
- Texas A&M University National Spill Control School
- University of Houston
- University of Washington - Applied Physics Laboratory
- Alion Science and Technology
- American Petroleum Institute
- Applied Research Associates, Inc.
- C.A. Goudey & Associates
- DF Dickins Associates Ltd.
- Douglas Engineering
- SL Ross Environmental Research, Ltd.
- Alaska Clean Seas
- CHS, inc.
- Clean Harbors Cooperative
- Norwegian Clean Seas Assocation for
- Able Technologies
- Eco Auger
- Float Inc.
- Oscilla Power, Inc.
- Resolute Marine
- Vortex Hydro Energy