Reducing Barriers to Testing
Project Name: Enabling Cost-Effective Electricity from Ocean Waves: PacWave
Project Team: Oregon State University (lead), National Renewable Energy Lab, European Marine Energy Centre, Bonneville Power Association, Central Lincoln People’s Utility District, Williwaw Engineering, HDR, HT Harvey & Associates, 3U Technologies, Stoel Rives, David Evans Associates, HGE Architects, Jacobs Engineering, The HDD Co., and RT Casey
Lead Recipient Location: Newport, Oregon
Construction continued in 2022 on PacWave South, a grid-connected and pre-permitted wave energy testing facility in the United States. The project team, led by Oregon State University, provided engineering, testing, accreditation, consulting, design, conduit drilling and installation, and cable procurement. The team completed the horizontal directional drilling for the conduit, with bores running up to 120 feet below the seafloor. A total of 6.2 miles of undersea and onshore conduit was installed, which will carry cables transmitting power from ocean devices to the local utility. At Driftwood Beach State Recreation Site, the project team installed a vault that will provide access to both subsea and terrestrial cables, resurfaced the parking lot above the vault, and made other improvements to return the site to its original condition.
In addition, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office selected $25 million in projects that will represent the first round of open-water testing at PacWave South. These projects focus on testing wave energy converter technologies, improving wave energy converter designs, and performing research and development to advance the marine energy industry as a whole.
Reducing Barriers to Testing Projects
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