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Initiate and support market development activities for the wave energy industry.
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In an effort to foster a collaborative approach to advancing the ocean energy industry, OWET convened the OWET 2010 Developers’ Summit on September 27 and 28, 2010 in Portland, Oregon. The purpose of the Summit was to create an open dialogue among developers, utilities, and regulatory and policy leaders to develop a strategy to advance ocean energy development in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest of North America by 2015. Our goal in holding the Developer’s Summit was to produce a blueprint of the issues that are most important to address to advance ocean energy.
Assessment of the needs of the wave energy industry and infrastructure in Oregon to support them.
Matching grant provided for research projects in support of Douglas County’s FERC license application.
This project is to develop civil engineering design criteria and cost for an oscillating water column collector system at the Reedsport, Oregon location. The project will identify fabrication requirements; launching and transportation processes; installation; scour protection; and, anchoring requirements.
Co-sponsored creation of, and participated in, on-going forums to exchange information on marine-energy electric generation technologies, applications and market developments.
The purpose of this project is to provide the Oregon Wave Energy Trust (OWET) with a professional evaluation of various policy alternatives to address the above market price of ocean energy produced electricity. This evaluation will cover both regulatory and voluntary approaches and will include a set of recommendations in each category.
Grant to implement specific research projects in support of OPT’s FERC license application.
The Utility Market Initiative (UMI) was designed to offer electric utilities strategies and technical tools to guide the integration of wave energy into the Northwest utility grid. The UMI begins the process of aligning the needs of regional electric utilities with the resource potential of wave energy and the significant role it will play in growing Oregon’s economic and energy landscape.
The UMI Road Show will develop, disseminate and present the Utility Market Initiative (UMI) program to relevant utility stakeholders in Oregon. This project will execute a series of meetings and workshops with appropriate utility staff to communicate the program results and solicit general industry feedback. The goal of this program is to deliver the appropriate tools and strategies developed under the UMI program and educate as many utility stakeholders as possible on the opportunities and challenges facing the wave energy industry.
Wave Energy AS is an ocean energy company from Norway established to develop, test, market and commercialize the patented SSGTM wave energy converter technology. Wave Energy AS is interested in developing their technology in North America and the Port of Garibaldi has been selected as a potentially good location to launch the first project. This study assesses the physical environment at the proposed project site in order to determine whether or not the location will be compatible with Wave Energy’s technology.
Northwest Energy Innovations (NWEI) is conducting a feasibility study to assess the financial viability of conducting a grid-connected, small-scale (1 to 10 MW) demonstration of the Wave Energy Technology-New Zealand (WET-NZ) technology in the Oregon territorial sea and connected to an Oregon utility. NWEI is receiving financial assistance from USDOE and OWET to help further validate the technical performance of the technology under separate programs. The feasibility study will help further establish the business case for an in-ocean demonstration of the WET-NZ wave energy converter in Oregon.