More depth for US marine energy
Two new deep-water testing berths opened at Hawaii wave facility
Two deep-water berths have been opened at the US Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) at Oahu island in Hawaii.
The two berths will support wave energy converter (WEC) testing at 60-metre and 80-metre water depths.
The new facilities add to the existing shallow-water berth that allows testing at a depth of 30 metres.
The WETS centre is part of an ongoing partnership between the US Department of Energy’s Wind and Water Power Program, the University of Hawaii’s Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, the Office of Naval Research, the State of Hawaii and the Naval Facilities Engineering Command to evolve WEC technologies.
Image: WETS location in Hawaii (US Marine Corps)