HNEI Specialist Patrick Cross spoke with PBS News Hour regarding HNEI’s research in wave generated energy at the U.S. Navy’s wave energy test site (WETS). The interview overviews the wave energy conversion devices that are currently being tested at WETS. This test site is the only wave energy testing site in the country connected to an electricity grid. Additionally, many researchers note that if devices are able to start generating a meaningful amount of electricity, due to the greater consistancy of waves, wave energy could be a more reliable source than wind or solar energy. The video interview and its transcript is available at https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/scientists-work-to-harness-power-from-hawaiis-waves.
More information about the WETS can be found at https://www.hnei.hawaii.edu/projects/wave-energy-test-site-wets.