Smart Grid: DOE: Wave and tidal energy “early but promising”

Marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) technologies like wave, tidal and current-generated power, aren’t quite ready to contribute much to the nation’s power supply, but DOE says the future looks bright. As examples, the energy agency profiled four such tidal and wave projects and … Continue reading

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Electricity From Ocean Waves

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Catch a Wave for Power

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Wave-Powered Energy Turning the Tide in Oregon

  Wave-Powered Energy Turning the Tide in Oregon | National News | United States | Epoch Times.

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Oregon Testing Concludes Successfully

After more than six weeks at sea, testing of the WET-NZ device off the coast of Oregon concluded successfully last week. Deployment of the second generation, ½ scale device at the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center’s (NNMREC) ocean test site … Continue reading

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ROV Inspection Complete

Navy Conducts Subsea Survey of Devices, Mooring Systems  Two weeks before the WET-NZ testing concluded, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) deployed a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) at the project site to conduct underwater inspections of the devices and mooring systems. … Continue reading

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Oregon Races To Catch Up To Europe In Wave Energy

Forbes Article by David Ferris: Oregon Races To Catch Up To Europe In Wave Energy – Forbes. Video: Ocean Sentinel Measures Wave Power

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Riding the wave of renewable energy in Hawaii

Riding the wave of renewable energy in Hawaii – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL.Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL  

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Bobbing Buoys Set to Make Wave Power : Discovery News

  Bobbing Buoys Set to Make Wave Power : Discovery News

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Innovative New Zealand Wave Power Device Heads To Hawaii For Testing/THE 9 BILLION

Innovative New Zealand Wave Power Device Heads To Hawaii For Testing.

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NWEI Wins DOE’s Award to Deploy WET-NZ in Hawaii, USA >> Offshore Wind

NWEI Wins DOE’s Award to Deploy WET-NZ in Hawaii, USA >> Offshore Wind.

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NZ Wave Power Device Heading To Hawaii After Oregon Test | Earthtechling

NZ Wave Power Device Heading To Hawaii After Oregon Test | Earthtechling.

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NWEI Wins US Department of Energy Award for WET-NZ Deployment in Hawaii

Federal Funding to Support Grid-Connected Deployment in Kaneohe Bay Northwest Energy Innovations (NWEI) is pleased to announce the receipt of a competitive funding award from the US Department of Energy to deploy the WET-NZ device at the US Navy’s Wave … Continue reading

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Wave Energy Tech Tests the Waters | Clean Energy

Wave Energy Tech Tests the Waters | Clean Energy | TechNewsDaily.com.  

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Wave Power Anticipation Builds In Oregon | Earthtechling

Wave Power Anticipation Builds In Oregon | Earthtechling.  

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WET-NZ Testing in Full Swing

Device Riding at Proper Waterline, Producing Power Since the initial WET-NZ deployment on August 23, conditions at the project site have ranged from glassy and calm to windy with wave heights as much as 3-meters.  The past few days have … Continue reading

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Making Waves on the Water

OSU launches wave energy test site and buoy off Newport coastline – Breaking News, Local News, Local Weather, Local Sports.  

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Wave energy test up and running on the Oregon coast | OregonLive.com

Wave energy test up and running on the Oregon coast | OregonLive.com.

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Buoy off Oregon Coast puts wave power to the test | KVAL CBS 13

Buoy off Oregon Coast puts wave power to the test | Local & Regional News for Eugene, Springfield Oregon | Eugene News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KVAL CBS 13.  

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NW Energy Innovations completes deployment of wave energy buoy | Sustainable Business Oregon

By Christina Williams Sustainable Business Oregon editor A Portland company that’s been working for two years on wave energy technology through a $1.8 million contract with the U.S. Department of Energy announced this week that it completed the deployment of … Continue reading

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NZ Wave Device First In At Oregon Test Center | Earthtechling

NZ Wave Device First In At Oregon Test Center | Earthtechling.

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Northwest Energy Innovations Deploys First Wave Energy Converter at National Marine Renewable Energy Center

After a multi-day installation operation, Northwest Energy Innovations (NWEI), a Portland-based company, successfully installed a wave energy device off the coast of Newport, Oregon. The device, known as Wave Energy Technology-New Zealand (WET-NZ), is now deployed at the Northwest National … Continue reading

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Steel in the Water!

WET-NZ Installed, Connected to Ocean Sentinel What a day! At 1625 on Wednesday afternoon, the ORCA divers, assisted by the OSU RHIB and the F/V Enterprise, pulled the retaining pins that lock the float on the WET-NZ. The afternoon was marked … Continue reading

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Phase I of Mooring Installation Complete

Yesterday, we completed the first phase of the WET-NZ mooring system installation, deploying the two seaward mooring legs.  The NRC Quest arrived at the NOAA dock in Newport at 0345, and the Northwest Energy Innovations, Sound & Sea Technologies, and … Continue reading

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WET-NZ Mooring Installation Begins

First Two Anchors Set Today After a successful trial run in the Columbia River yesterday, the NRC Quest arrived in Newport early this morning. Kopf, Klure and Branje, along with Tony Petrillo of Bluewater Services and Carl Gowler and Bill … Continue reading

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Trial Anchor Deployment

Successful Practice Run Aboard NRC Quest With Captain Rich Kruse at the helm, the NRC Quest left the dock at 6:45 AM yesterday morning and headed out the Columbia River for a practice run of the WET-NZ anchor installation. Along … Continue reading

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WET-NZ Launched

Device Launched, Ready to Go WET-NZ is in the water!  The device was launched this afternoon at the Port of Toledo, using the same travel lift that launched the Ocean Sentinel on Friday. After conducting pier-side tests to check the … Continue reading

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Ocean Sentinel Deployed

Installation Executed Successfully After outfitting the Ocean Sentinel with its final components, NNMREC launched the device from the Port of Toledo on Friday afternoon. Led by Deployment Operations Manager Walt Waldorf and Test Berth Manager Sean Moran, the team used … Continue reading

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WET-NZ Ready to Launch

Anchors Loaded, Mobilization Underway Final preparations of the WET-NZ were completed at the Port of Toledo over the weekend, and the device is almost ready to launch. To ensure sufficient water depth, the launch is scheduled for high tide this … Continue reading

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Meet the Divers

 Underwater Crew Plays Key Role in Deployment An important design feature of the WET-NZ is the integral ballast tanks. Prior to deployment, the tanks are filled with air so that when the device is launched it will float on its … Continue reading

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Weather Window

Weaker Wind and Waves Expected this Weekend  Most of the coast is experiencing southerly winds between 10 – 15 knots, 5 – 6 foot swells and relatively cool temperatures, due to a strong upper level ridge of high pressure centered … Continue reading

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NNMREC Sets Anchors

Mooring System Ready for Ocean Sentinel After multiple days of offshore installation, the mooring system for NNMREC’s Ocean Sentinel instrumentation buoy is in place. According to NNMREC Test Berth Manager Sean Moran, conditions at the project site were a little … Continue reading

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Dry Tests Completed Successfully

All Systems Go! On Thursday, we conducted dry testing of the WET-NZ and Ocean Sentinel to validate the integrated system performance. Led by Ean Amon and Terrie Lettenmaier, the NNMREC-OSU technical team assessed the performance of both the operations and … Continue reading

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Final Environmental Assessment Issued for Test Berth

US Department of Energy Funding for NNMREC Test Facility Cleared On Wednesday, August 15, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Final Environmental Assessment (EA) for its funding of the Nirthwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center’s (NNMREC) ocean test … Continue reading

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Boatyard BBQ

Last night, NNMREC invited folks down to the Toledo Boat Yard to see the Ocean Sentinel and WET-NZ devices being prepared for deployment. Members of Fisherman Involved in Natural Energy, the Test Berth Committee, the OSU research team, and the WET-NZ … Continue reading

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Bits & Pieces

Detailed Assembly Underway  Now that the Hull and PowerPod are joined together, final assembly of the WET-NZ is in full swing. Patrick Branje installed the load bank and ballast valves yesterday, and the NREL team completed installation of the Modular … Continue reading

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NREL Arrives

MOIS Installation Underway Eric Nelson and his team from the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) arrived late Saturday night, and by Sunday morning they were hard at work installing the Modular Offshore Instrumentation System (MOIS) on the WET-NZ. Designed for … Continue reading

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Assembly Begins

48 Bolts Declared Torqued! After receiving word on Friday that the project permits had been issued, we worked hard over the weekend to connect the PowerPod with the Hull.  The final round of Olympic bolt torqueing was held this weekend … Continue reading

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Power Pod Arrives in Oregon

Crew Begins Integration with Hull After a long journey from New Zealand, the WET-NZ Power Pod arrived at the Port of Toledo last night. Today, we will be offloading it from the truck and begin the process of integrating it … Continue reading

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Meet the NRC Quest

The NRC Quest, stationed in Astoria, Oregon, is primarily used as a fast response oil spill recovery vessel. Over the next two weeks, however, she will be configured as a wave energy system deployment vessel. At 159-ft in length, 400-tons in … Continue reading

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Hull Arrival

After a short ride down the I-5 from Oregon Iron Works’ (OIW) facility in Vancouver, Washington, the WET-NZ hull arrived at the Port of Toledo, Oregon on Tuesday, August 7th. A special thanks to Bill Pender and the entire OIW … Continue reading

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Perfect Day

We all know that Mother Nature is the toughest variable of all. In order to deploy the WET-NZ we need a weather window of three days of relatively calm seas, so we’ll be tracking the weather closely to find the … Continue reading

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Permitting Complete

Authorizations In Place for Deployment On August 2nd, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued the Final Biological Opinion (BiOp) for the WET-NZ/Ocean Sentinel open-ocean testing, marking the conclusion of Endangered Species Act and Essential Fish Habitat consultation. With the … Continue reading

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