The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has announced that it will invest $10 million to test prototypes designed to generate renewable power from ocean waves.
Demonstrations will take place at the U.S. Navy’s wave energy test site off Hawaii’s island of Oahu. The demonstrations will help develop reliable wave energy options, evaluate technology performance and cost data for wave energy conversion (WEC) devices.
In addition, two WEC devices will be tested at depths of 60 and 80 meters at the open-water site offshore from Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay.
The first phase will optimize designs and plan for the deployment and testing of WEC systems. The second phase will support permitting, fabrication, deployment, retrieval and decommissioning of these systems after 12 months of testing and data collection.
EERE accelerates development and deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy.