PacWave South construction will start summer 2021!

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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 is affiliated with the Pacific Marine Energy Center.


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