Press Release (January 19, 2023) – OSU-led wave energy testing facility reaches key construction milestones.

PacWave has contracted with Gerding Builders for the build of the medium voltage Utility Connection and Monitoring Facility (UCMF) in Seal Rock, OR.

On August 9, 2022, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Governor Kate Brown and US Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley visited OSU to learn more about PacWave, the Pacific Marine Energy Center (PMEC) and the Hinsdale Wave Research Lab.

The underground construction phase of PacWave South was completed on May 13, 2022Visit our Construction Updates page for more information about the work.

PacWave deployed a number of scientific instruments in 2021Information about the buoys is available here, and real-time data is available on our Data page.

Conduit Punch Out Area NotificationOregon State University (OSU) has installed four, 10-inch diameter, steel conduits under the seafloor running out from Driftwood Beach State Recreation Site in Seal Rock, OR as part of the construction of the PacWave South wave energy test site. Information about the Conduit Punch Out Area is available in this notification.

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.

PacWave is affiliated with the Pacific Marine Energy Center.


Dan Hellin, Deputy Director
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