Oregon State University’s wave energy test facility opened earlier this week. It’s available to academic and industry researchers investigating wave and tidal power.
The Ocean Sentinel is a $1.5 million mooring platform two miles off Yaquina Head in Oregon. It is designed to measure wave resources and provide a standardized system to compare wave technologies. It will measure wave amplitude, device energy output, ocean currents, wind speeds, extremes of wave height, and more. They hope to find out which work better in different wave situations.
The Ocean Sentinel was developed by the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Oregon Department of Energy, and the Oregon Wave Energy Trust.