ASNE: Northern New England Section



2015 Christmas Meeting – Wednesday, 09 December

Hosted by Bruce Elam, Trade Brewer of The Shipyard Brewing Company

Speaker:  Richard Akers, Maine Marine Composites

Richard Akers, P.E. is Chief Technical Officer for Maine Marine Composites in Portland, ME. Recent engineering projects include a fatigue analysis of floating offshore wind turbines for the Dept. of Interior, mooring system design for the U. Maine VolturnUS floating wind turbine, dynamic analyses of barges for the Forth Crossing Bridge in Scotland, and seakeeping analyses of cargo ships traveling from China to Louisiana. Mr. Akers has degrees in electrical engineering from the Univ. of Cincinnati and Cal Berkeley, and graduate degree in naval architecture from the Univ. of Michigan.


Subject:  An Overview of Wave Energy Conversion Systems

Wave Energy Conversion (WEC) is a huge potential energy source (2,100 TWh/year) located near regions of energy consumption on the coasts. Hundreds of concepts have been proposed including point absorbers, surge converters, overtopping devices, and multi-axis resonant converters. There have been a number of full-scale, grid-connected deployments, but there is no clear winning technology, and the total energy output from WEC devices is insignificant. This presentation suggests that problems and opportunities exist in power take-off technologies, cost effective mooring systems, economical power distribution technology, and technical metrics for decision-making.

PLACE:   The Shipyard Brewing Company, Hall of Fame Room, 86 Newbury Street, Portland, ME 

    TIME:    1600 - Tour of Shipyard Brewery (Limit of 15 on tour)

       1700 - Welcome to The Shipyard Brewing Co.  Free samples of Shipyard Ale

       1730 - Social pizza and more sampling

       1800 - Welcome by Bruce Elam, Trade Brewer, Shipyard Ale

              1815 – Presentation and Q&A

    MENU:  Pizza, Beer and Soda

    PRICE:   $10.00 Members, Students and Spouses; $15.00 Non Members


    Become an ASNE member at this event and get this event or your next regular meeting’s meal free


Mr. Bruce Elam, Trade Brewer of The Shipyard Brewing Company, brings 10+ years of brewing experience and has invited us to visit the Shipyard Brewing Company and enjoy his hospitality for our December meeting.


Note:   The Tour begins at 1600 and it is limited to a total of 15.  Please send an e-mail to to reserve your spot on the brewery tour. Otherwise, we’ll see you at 1700 for the Social Hour and sampling of Shipyard Ale.


The section is using event management application Eventbee to sign up for our meetings

Please RSVP by close of business Monday, December 7, 2015 using Eventbee or

 Dave Herbein by email:  or phone 207-703-6511



ASNE Northern New England

      2015-2016 Meeting Schedule






22 October

Fire Safety Improvements - How Lessons from USS Miami have made us Safer

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

 Kittery, ME




  9 December

An Overview of Wave Energy Conversion Systems 

Shipyard Brewing Company 

Portland, ME






































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