DOE Looking to Harness Energy From Ocean Waves Off Hawaii?
~ The Rebel ~ 2012/05/18 17:50:44
The U.S. Energy Department says it has half-a-million dollars to spend this year to test technologies that may be able to harness energy from ocean waves. The goal is to someday supply clean, renewable power to highly-populated coastal regions.
The $500,000 in taxpayer money will support one project to deploy and test a wave-energy conversion device for one year at the U.S. Navy's Wave Energy Test Site in Kaneohe Bay, on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The device must be "substantially complete and ready for testing and data collection without significant modification."
Industry attempts to harness energy from ocean waves have not been successful.
In 2007, Pacific Gas & Electric began examining the feasibility of using energy from waves as part of its shift to renewables. But a few years later, the utility announced it was suspending its project off the coast of Humboldt County, Calif.
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