PacWave wave energy facility

Project Description

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the State of Oregon and other stakeholders, Oregon State University is developing PacWave, a grid-connected, wave energy test facility to evaluate utility-scale wave energy converter (WEC) performance, environmental interactions, and survivability. The PacWave open ocean test site will be approximately seven miles off the coast to the south of Newport, OR.

Intended to be the first of its kind in the United States, PacWave will support the development and testing of innovative wave energy systems that have the potential to be cost-competitive with other forms of electricity generation. Subsea & Terrestrial Cable cost is $61.6 million and Utility Connection and Monitoring Facility cost is $15.5 million.  
Last Updated: 
Friday, May 3, 2024

Project Details

Project Status: 
Project Category: 
Infrastructure improvements
Projected Start Date: 
Early 2020
Projected Completion Date: 
Spring 2025
Project Budget: 
$82.5 million
Funding Source(s): 
Majority from Department of Energy grant, matching funds from donors and the state of Oregon
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