Wave-energy test facility planned


Oregon State University’s Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Centre (NNMREC) was recently awarded up to US$40-million from the US Department of Energy, to create the world’s premier wave-energy test facility. The NNMREC facility, known as the Pacific Marine Energy Centre South Energy Test Site (PMEC-SETS), is planned to be operational by 2020. It will be able to test wave energy converters which harness the energy of ocean waves and turn it into electricity. Companies around the world are already anticipating construction of the new facility to test and perfect their technologies, the university says. Those technologies are complex and expensive, have to perform in hostile ocean conditions; stand up to a 100-year storm; be energy efficient, durable, environmentally benign – and perhaps most important, cost-competitive with other energy sources. This facility is expected to help answer all of those questions, and be the last step before commercialisation.

Contact Belinda Batten, Oregon State University, belinda.batten@oregonstate.edu

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