WASHINGTON, D.C. – The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $25 million in funding to support increased research, development, and demonstration of technologies that harness wave power to create electricity.
The funding supports eight projects that will make up the first round of open-water testing at the PacWave South test site offshore Oregon.
The eight projects focus on:
- Testing wave energy converter designs for use in geographically remote areas or on small, local energy grids
* CalWave Power Technologies Inc. (Oakland, CA) (Award amount: $7,500,000)
* Columbia Power Technologies Inc. (Charlottesville, VA) (Award amount: $4,182,275)
- Developing wave energy converter designs that can be either connected to or disconnected from the electricity grid.
* Dehlsen Associates, LLC (Santa Barbara, CA) (Award amount: $1,800,000)
* Oscilla Power Inc. (Seattle) (Award amount: $1,800,000)
- Performing research and development at PacWave related to environmental monitoring technologies, instrumentation systems that operators use to control wave energy converters, and other technologies.
* Integral Consulting (Seattle) (Award amount: $379,329)
* Littoral Power Systems, Inc. (New Bedford, MA) (Award amount: $3,976,401)
* Portland State University (Portland) (Award amount: $4,507,330)
* University of Washington (Seattle) (Award amount: $1,299,689).
In 2016, DOE partnered with Oregon State University to build the PacWave South test facility, which will be the nation’s first accredited, grid-connected, pre-permitted, open-water wave energy test facility.
The selected projects are part of DOE’s Water Power Technologies Office “Advancing Wave Energy Technologies through Open Water Testing at PacWave.”