A renewable power undertaking planned off the coast of Newport is taking a step ahead. Oregon State University has submitted the last license application for a wave power testing center with the Federal Power Regulatory Commission. If constructed, it could be the biggest of its kind in the US.
Oregon’s potential to make use of the movement of the waves to produce electrical energy is very high. However, nationally, the development of wave energy has lagged behind different green power sources.
A part of the obstacle is the time and expense involved in allowing new expertise. Not only do firms need to pay to develop this sort of cleantech, but they also must undergo a lengthy and costly permitting procedure before being allowed to see if their initiatives work in the real world.
That is where Oregon State University’s PacWave South Project comes in. The university determines to create a wave energy testing facility about 6 miles off the Oregon Coast. The concept is that energy developers will have the ability to by-pass the allowing and pay the University to check their wave energy turbines in the water.
“If you have a look at the atmosphere off the coast of Oregon, it’s one of the harsher wave spirits on the earth,” said PacWave venture supervisor Justin Klure. “If you can get past an Oregon wind with the expertise and show that you can not only survive but also produce electrical energy, that might be the ultimate objective.”
The ultimate purpose is to escalate the development of this largely-untapped medium of clean energy – in Oregon as well as nationally.