USA/Energy is investing $10 Million in Ocean Power
The United States Department of Energy (DOE) gives $10 million in funding to test two deep-water wave energy conversion (WEC) devices off the coast of the U.S. Navy Marine Corps Hawaii Base in Kaneohe Bay.
According to the Department of Energy
the demonstrations at the Navy’s wave energy test site “will help develop reliable wave energy options and collect important performance and cost data for wave energy WEC devices.”
The WEC devices will be tested at 60 to 80 meters underwater – a key target depth for bigger, commercially viable wave power technology. The Navy has been testing a smaller energy buoy at a shallower depth of 30 meters for about ten years, and it hopes that bigger, better WEC devices will bring it closer to its goal of getting off the grid and achieving net zero energy.
- The first phase of funding will focus on developing the WEC device’s design
- The second phase will focus on securing environmental permitting and deploying and testing the technology at close to full-scale in the ocean environment.
The testing and data collection phase will last for one year.
1,170 terawatt-hours per year
The Department estimates that wave power has the potential to generate 1,170 terawatt-hours per year: enough clean, reliable electricity to power more than a quarter of the country.