PACWAVE SOUTH is an in-development, state-of-the-art, pre-permitted, accredited, grid-connected wave energy test facility; developed in partnership with US Department of Energy, the State of Oregon and local stakeholders.
The site will consist of four ocean berths, which will occupy two square nautical miles of ocean with a cable route to shore approximately seven miles long. The location for the project was determined through a significant public outreach process, and the project continues to have wide community support.
PacWave South’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 more rapid optimization of designs. The PacWave South site offers multiple advantages:
- All necessary infrastructure will be in place, 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.
In March 2021, The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Oregon State University a license to build and operate the test facility at PacWave South. This landmark was the culmination of an unprecedented regulatory process that spanned nearly 10 years. Current timelines suggest construction could begin in summer of 2021, and the facility should be operational by 2023.