If you have ever stood by the ocean and watched waves roll in, curling repeatedly into the sand or sending spray sky-high against a rocky shore, you’ve experienced the seemingly infinite power of the ocean. What if we could harness some of that renewable energy to power our homes and businesses?

Diverse energy sources are needed to address issues from community needs for local power to global climate change. Industry is working to develop devices that can harvest energy from waves. PacWave, based at Oregon State University, helps industry test those ideas.

PacWave is an open ocean wave energy testing facility consisting of two sites, each located just a few miles from the deep-water port of Newport, Oregon on the ever-energetic Pacific Ocean. Both PacWave sites are highly accessible and served by a diverse maritime supply chain.

Latest News

Oregon State University press release:
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issues OSU license for wave energy testing facility

Oregon Public Broadcasting:
Oregon wave energy project gets federal go-ahead

Oregon State University press release:
Federal lease allows Oregon State’s offshore wave energy testing facility to move ahead in 2021

U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management press release:
BOEM Issues Lease for First Wave Energy Research Project in Federal Waters Offshore the U.S. West Coast

Oregon Public Broadcasting:
OSU-led wave energy project moves a step closer to construction

PacWave and the Pacific Marine Energy Center (PMEC) have released a Request for Information (RFI) focused on Understanding the R&D and Testing Needs of Future PacWave Clients and Marine Energy Stakeholders. The RFI solicits feedback from wave energy converter (WEC) technology developers and marine energy stakeholders on how the PacWave facility can best support the development of WEC technologies. Responses to this RFI will be used by PacWave and PMEC to help ensure testing opportunities are in alignment with industry needs, and that PacWave capabilities are developed to meet testing support needs.

See RFI for PacWave Developer Client Needs. The deadline has been extended and responses are now due by February 24, 2021.

Request for Proposals for Subsea Power Cables News and Updates

PacWave is affiliated with the Pacific Marine Energy Center.


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