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
Wave-Powered Energy Turning the Tide in Oregon | National News | United States | Epoch Times.
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 →
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 →
Forbes Article by David Ferris: Oregon Races To Catch Up To Europe In Wave Energy – Forbes. Video: Ocean Sentinel Measures Wave Power
Riding the wave of renewable energy in Hawaii – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL.Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL
Bobbing Buoys Set to Make Wave Power : Discovery News
Innovative New Zealand Wave Power Device Heads To Hawaii For Testing.
NWEI Wins DOE’s Award to Deploy WET-NZ in Hawaii, USA >> Offshore Wind.
NZ Wave Power Device Heading To Hawaii After Oregon Test | Earthtechling.
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 →
Wave Energy Tech Tests the Waters | Clean Energy | TechNewsDaily.com.
Wave Power Anticipation Builds In Oregon | Earthtechling.
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 →
OSU launches wave energy test site and buoy off Newport coastline – Breaking News, Local News, Local Weather, Local Sports.
Wave energy test up and running on the Oregon coast | OregonLive.com.
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.
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 →
NZ Wave Device First In At Oregon Test Center | Earthtechling.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →