Ean Amon

Ean Amon
Power and Data Systems Engineer
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Burke Hales

Burke Hales
Chief Scientist
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Dan Hellin

Dan Hellin
Deputy Director
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Brett Hembrough

Brett Hembrough
Manager of Marine Operations

Sean Ryan
Marine Energy Testing Manager
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Jon Sutton
Safety & Compliance Officer
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A global leader in wave energy and oceanography, Oregon State University brings decades of experience and proven expertise to the PacWave facility. In addition to scientists and engineers, the university offers world-class ocean-operations infrastructure and capability. Oregon State also maintains longstanding relationships with the local fishing industry and coastal communities, offering insights into environmental and economic considerations together with other matters related to the advancement of wave energy technologies.

Oregon State University will own and operate the PacWave test site and will serve as the leading organization for overall project management and task execution.

3U Technologies

3U Technologies LLC provides international business consulting, project management and engineering and engineering design services across a broad range of technologies including submarine cable, terrestrial communications networks, underwater equipment, tools and operations, horizontal directional drilling, marine operations, offshore alternative energy and many others.

Partner Role: Subsea cables and connectors, cable landing site and horizontal directional drilling, connection between the beach manholes and the utility connection and monitoring facility and grid interconnection.

European Marine Energy Centre

Based in Orkney, Scotland, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) was one of the first facilities of its kind in the world, established to test both wave and tidal energy devices and provide purpose-built, accredited open-sea testing facilities. EMEC operates to relevant test laboratory standards — ISO/IEC 17025 — enabling the center to provide independently verified performance assessments. EMEC is accredited to ISO/IEC 17020, offering independent Environmental Technology Verification (EMEC-ETV) to help innovative technologies reach the market.

Beyond technology testing and verification, EMEC provides a wide range of consultancy and research services and is at the forefront in the development of international standards for marine energy. As a similar facility to PacWave, EMEC has partnered with Oregon State to provide technical expertise and to share their experience operating a test center.

Partner Role: Program support for the development of the utility connection and monitoring facility, environmental monitoring data management, accredited quality standards for performance testing, quality systems and safety procedures, facility operations and maintenance (O&M) protocols, guidance and best practices for nonaccredited systems and business development and sustainable operations.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the only U.S. national laboratory solely dedicated to advancing renewable energy and energy efficiency. NREL’s water program leverages decades of experience in wind energy, marine energy and distributed and hybrid energy system research and development — along with a world-class laboratory validation infrastructure — to further U.S. Department of Energy goals to increase performance and reliability and lower the cost of marine energy and hydropower technologies.

Partner Role: Grid interconnection, accredited quality standards for performance testing, quality systems and safety procedures, facility O&M protocols, guidance and best practices for nonaccredited systems and business development and sustainable operations.

Pacific Energy Ventures

Pacific Energy Ventures (PEV) is a renewable energy consulting firm specializing in project development and technology demonstration. With extensive experience in all aspects of the hydrokinetic sector, PEV excels at project development, advancing new market concepts and commercializing early-stage technologies.

Partner Role: Permitting, grid interconnection and business development and sustainable operations.

Stoel Rives

Stoel Rives is a leader in corporate, energy, environmental, intellectual property, labor and employment, land use and construction, litigation, natural resources, real estate, renewable energy and technology law.

Partner Role: Permitting-related legal counsel.

Williwaw Engineering

Williwaw Engineering provides electrical and test engineering consulting to the marine and hydrokinetics industry. The company specializes in the electrical design, instrumentation and ocean testing of wave energy converters. Clients include both private wave energy converter developers and research institutions.

Partner Role: Electrical infrastructure design and grid interconnection.