In breaking news for breaking waves–or, at least, moving ones–the Oregon Wave Energy Trust recently released a report with good news for renewable energy in Oregon: the state has an immense amount of capability to develop and deploy wave energy technology in regional coastal waters.
Wave energy technology works by harnessing the natural movement of waves to power a type of floating buoy that creates electricity via kinetic energy. Not long ago, we covered the Reedsport Wave Park, the first installation of this type off the coast of Oregon, the first of a series of nine such parks planned for the state’s coast. The Oregon Wave Energy Trust report finds that the state could go much bigger with wave power, provided gaps are met in manufacturing, transportation, assembly, deployment, operations, maintenance and recovery. A list of recommendations for various Oregon stakeholders, agencies, and organizations to address potential gaps in the industry was also included in the report, courtesy of Advanced Research Corporation.
The Wave Energy Infrastructure Assessment is one of 17 reports on the subject of wave energy that available to the public, or will be soon, through the Wave Energy Trust. John Lavrakas, president of the Advanced Research Corporation, said, in a statement, “As a result of the information gathered we conclude that Oregon has tremendous infrastructure capability to develop and deploy wave energy technology, not only into Oregon coastal waters, but also throughout the Pacific Northwest.” He also points out that while the existing infrastructure is good (Oregon currently leads the country in wave energy development), there is more the state can do to prepare itself for this emerging renewable energy industry.