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.
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.
Burke Hales, professor at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at OSU, talks about the project.
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.
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.
PacWave is affiliated with the Pacific Marine Energy Center.
Dan Hellin, Operations & Logistics