Portland Company Looks to Make (Energy From) Waves in Hawaii

View Original at Sustainable Business Oregon

October 30, 2014

By Wendy Culverwell

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Image via University of Hawaii

Portland-based Northwest Energy Innovations will test its Azura wave energy device at the new deep water test berth at the U.S. Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site off the Hawaiian coast at Kaneohe Bay. NWEI and Sacramento-based Ocean Energy are sharing $10 million in funding to test promising wave energy technology.

Portland-based Northwest Energy Innovations is splitting $10 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to deploy its wave energy technology at a Navy site in Hawaii.

Northwest Energy Innovations together with Sacramento-based Ocean Energy USA of Sacramento will build full-scale models of their devices and deploy them at the new deep water test berth at the U.S. Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) off the Hawaiian coast at Kaneohe Bay.

Northwest Energy Innovations will build and test a full-scale model of its Azura wave energy conversion device, which extracts energy from both the vertical and horizontal motion of waves. It previously developed a half-scale prototype for testing in 2012 at the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center’s ocean test site off Oregon.

The company formed in 2010 to advance wave energy technology and is affiliated with Pacific Energy Ventures.

Ocean Energy’s device is a buoy that produces energy from the compression of air caused by the rise and fall of ocean waves. The Navy’s WETS site is the only grid-connected open-water test site and offers a critical opportunity to measure the performance of promising technology in a marine environment.

The funding is via the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which accelerates development of clean energy technology.