The town of Newport, on the Oregon coast, is selected to be the site of the first utility-scale, grid connected wave energy test site in the United States.
WET-NZ, the first wave energy device to take advantage of a new Oregon test buoy, will now move on to Hawaii for a full year of DOE-funded assessment.
The Pacific Marine Energy Center, aiming to become the first grid-connected wave test facility in the U.S., will choose between Reedsport and Newport.
On the ocean off Oregon, the power of the Pacific becomes obvious; but the reality of developing the resource suggests a long, difficult process is at hand.
The first device to hook in to the new wave energy testing site in Oregon is a New Zealand-hatched piece of machinery.
Wave energy is picking up steam on the West Coast, with the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center beginning operation of the Ocean Sentinel test site.
The site for a new wave energy testing facility -the first of its kind for the US- has been selected off the central Oregon coast.