Gallery: OSU launches wave energy testing system in the Pacific
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
The Ocean Sentinel is a $1.5 million high-tech monitoring device developed by the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center. It hit the Pacific Ocean earlier this month.
Wave energy scientists from Oregon State University took to the seas this week, deploying one of the first public wave energy testing systems in the U.S.
Called the Ocean Sentinel, the $1.5 million device was developed by the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center at OSU.
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The testing site, off the Oregon Coast near Newport, was selected last year. NNMREC also wants to establish a larger, $8 million grid-connected test facility of the coast and is seeking feedback from coastal communities that are on the short list of potential sites.
The Ocean Sentinel was made possible by support from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Oregon Department of Energy and the Oregon Wave Energy Trust.
Click on the image above to learn more about the Ocean Sentinel — being hailed as a major step forward for wave energy — and how it will work.
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