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 went according to plan, and extensive performance data was collected over a wide range of wave and electrical loading conditions. Data collected during the Oregon deployment are being analyzed to help optimize the WET-NZ performance and inform future development of a commercially viable device.
With the US Department of Energy’s recent announcement of funding to support long-term, grid-connected testing of the WET-NZ in Hawaii, the next deployment is planned for the US Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) in Kaneohe Bay. In the coming months, we will be shipping the WET-NZ to Hawaii and making plans to commence testing as soon as possible.