Wave Energy Device

Work has begun on the three year project, led by HNEI Specialist Patrick Cross, that will develop a wave-energy converter concept culminating in a set of tests in a sophisticated mainland wave tank.  The University of Hawaii was awarded $1.3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in January to support the advancing of marine energy devices.  Cross has previously noted that “To date, wave-energy conversion is still in the category of very early stage R&D, and costs remain quite high. We feel we have an approach that can lead to lowering costs–through high-conversion efficiency and relatively low, up-front costs–as compared to technologies under development elsewhere.”