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The Wallace Energy Systems & Renewables Facility

The WESRF at OSU provides research, testing and consulting services related to machines and drives, power electronics, hybrid electric vehicles, power systems and renewables.

If you are interested in supporting our research you can make a tax deductible gift to the Oregon State University Foundation for Wave Energy and Energy Systems Fund

You can also contribute online to the Alan K. Wallace Memorial Scholarship

History of WESRF/MSRF

In 1993, the late Prof. Alan K. Wallace began securing the necessary funding to establish the "Motor Systems Resource Facility" (MSRF), the nation's highest power, university-based Energy Systems lab. (Primary Founding sponsors included: the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE), and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).) Prof. Annette von Jouanne joined Dr. Wallace in 1995, in the midst of the lab construction phase, and the MSRF became operational in 1996.

The development of the MSRF become a significant asset for industry, and for our students to gain industrial experiences, and enabled a wide variety of exciting research including:

  • Navy all-electric ship
  • Hybrid electric vehicle generator in the Ford Escape Sport Utility Vehicle
  • Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) hovercraft
  • A wide variety of motors and drives research and testing

In 1998, Dr. von Jouanne, with Dr. Wallace's encouragement and support, began writing Wave Energy white papers, proposals, and giving numerous presentations in an effort to share the untapped opportunities, and to attract funding to grow a strong Wave Energy program that would include the education of future engineers with a keen understanding of the need for renewable technologies. Efforts included building strong support at the state and federal levels, in addition to building essential collaborations with industries, utilities and the communities along with outreach to the ocean community of fishermen and crabbers etc. Since 2004, strong efforts have been made to establish a National Marine Renewable Energy Center, which was awarded by the USDOE in September 2008 to establish ocean test berths, conduct extensive modeling and environmental studies, community outreach etc.

Unfortunately, Dr. Wallace became very ill in August of 2005, experienced a heartbreaking decline in health throughout the year, and he passed away in June of 2006. He is dearly missed. Dr. von Jouanne has continued to lead and grow OSU's Energy Systems program along with Dr. Ted Brekken, who joined OSU's Energy Systems Program in Sept. 2006.

To recognize the efforts and vision of the late Dr. Alan Wallace to establish the MSRF, in the summer of 2007, the lab was renamed the Wallace Energy Systems & Renewables Facility (WESRF).

Wallace Energy Systems & Renewables Facility
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 1148 Kelley Engineering Center
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331-5501
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