PACWAVE WILL OFFER PRE-PERMITTED, GRID-CONNECTED WAVE ENERGY TESTING

in a high-energy, open ocean environment. Located 7 miles off the Pacific coast near Newport, Oregon, the PacWave facility features consistent, energetic waves and steady winds — ideal for testing survivability and energy production.

PacWave’s pre-permitted site offers multiple advantages. The time consuming and expensive regulatory process is done in advance of construction and applicable to all wave energy device types expected — saving potentially millions of dollars and allowing optimization of designs more rapidly.

Just a few miles from the deep-water port of Newport, Oregon, PacWave is highly accessible and served by a diverse maritime supply chain.

CEOAS to oversee wave energy testing facility

Oregon State University has partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy and other stakeholders to build a wave energy test facility located off the Oregon Coast, between Newport and Waldport, called PacWave.

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Wave Energy Testing Site Passes Hurdle

Burke Hales, professor at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at OSU, talks about the project.

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OSU fleshes out wave energy test site plans

Culminating five years of work, Oregon State University has submitted a 1,000-page plan that outlines construction and operation details of a wave energy test site off the Oregon coast.

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A GRID CONNECTED TEST SITE

The PacWave site offers multiple advantages.

  • All necessary infrastructure including electric cables, data cables and an on-shore grid connection station, providing a one-stop shop for companies developing wave energy converters.
  • The facility will be able to test up to 20 wave energy converters in four berths, allowing different technologies to be tested at the same time, with a maximum power output of up to 20MW.
  • Each berth will have a dedicated, 5MW-capable power and data transmission cable connection to an onshore grid-connection station.
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PacWave is affiliated with the Pacific Marine Energy Center.


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Dan Hellin, Operations & Logistics
541-737-5452
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