Marine Energy Test Centers

Pacific Marine Energy Center (PMEC)
PMEC encompasses a range of test facilities available to the marine energy industry, including scaled laboratory testing facilities for wave and current converters and intermediate and full-scale open water wave converter testing facilities.

Wallace Energy Systems and Renewable Facility
Located at OSU, WESRF provides research, testing and consulting services related to machines and drives, power electronics, hybrid electric vehicles, power systems and renewables.

O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory
The O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory provides modeling and world-class testing facilities for small-scale wave energy converter (WEC) prototypes on it Corvallis, Oregon campus.

PMEC North Energy Test Site (PMEC-NETS)
PMEC-NETS is a non-grid connected test berth for in-ocean testing in Newport, Oregon. The site can accommodate devices up to 100kW connected to the Ocean Sentinel, and larger devices if no grid emulation or connection is required.

PMEC South Energy Test Site (PMEC-SETS)
In 2012, with OWET assistance, NNMREC was awarded $4 million by the U.S. Department of Energy to begin work on a grid-connected test facility for utility-scale ocean energy converters at the Pacific Marine Energy Center South Energy Test Site (PMEC-SETS).

The new PMEC-SETS will demonstrate the viability of marine energy off the very energetic northwest coast of the U.S. by providing a fully functional ocean energy test facility for prototype and commercial scale devices (TRL 5-9). PMEC-SETS will offer four test berths connected to the regional grid, and will be capable of testing individual devices up to one megawatt in size.

Specifically, PMEC-SETS will meet the following key industry development needs for testing sub-scale and with grid simulation capability:

  • Ocean test berth for full-scale, single-device testing
  • Multiple-berth device testing (device arrays) for commercial-scale devices and prototypes
  • Opportunity for potential expansion to commercial activity
  • Accredited standardized power analysis and grid interconnection data
  • Grid synchronization data (standardized fault testing and power dissipation)
  • Power demonstration on the grid (e.g., technical and contractual)
  • Procedures and protocols for all stages of development

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