For the first time in the U.S., a wave energy device has been deployed for independent evaluation. The deployment of the device, which harnesses the energy contained in ocean waves and converts it to electricity, follows that of a similar device off the Oregon coast. No prior wave energy device has been independently tested, and the results will provide a clearer idea of the cost, efficacy, and viability of wave energy as the U.S. seeks new sources of energy to meet future demand.
“As the first grid-connected wave energy device in the U.S. that will be tested and validated by an independent party, this deployment marks a major milestone for our team and the marine renewable energy industry,”
said founder and CEO of Northwest Energy Innovations Steve Kopf.
The project is being funded by the Navy, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the University of Hawaii, which will collect the data and provide analysis regarding the device’s performance.
Read more here – “Wave Energy Device Activated off Hawaii’s Kaneohe Bay,” (Duane Shimogawa, Pacific Business News).