Northwest Energy Innovations (NWEI) has deployed its “Azura” wave energy conversion (WEC) device in waters off Marine Corps Base Hawai‘i at the U.S. Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) on the island of O‘ahu. The device will be deployed for 12 months of grid-connected testing as part of a rigorous program to validate the technology.
The Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) is working in conjunction with the Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Navy to provide an independent verification of device performance and to evaluate the environmental feasibility of wave energy generation. The data will be delivered to the DOE and the U.S. Navy for their use in ongoing efforts to validate wave energy technology and advance the marine renewable energy industry.
Read more about it in the NWEI press release, watch the video at KITV4 and Popular Science; read about in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (subscription required), the Pacific Business News, Hydroworld, and Maritime Executive.