Open Water Testing

Oregon: For a full-scale wave energy resource, the PMEC North Energy Test Site (NETS) can accommodate devices up to 100kW connected to the Ocean Sentinel, and larger devices if no grid emulation or connection is required. The PMEC South Energy Test Site (SETS) is a grid-connected site currently under development and will serve as the utility-scale wave energy test facility for the US; it is expected to be available for device testing in 2017.

Washington: For intermediate scale wave energy devices, UW supports open water testing in Puget Sound and in Lake Washington. These environments provide for 1/7th scale WEC testing versus Pacific Ocean open-ocean conditions, and are available from October through March.

Alaska: The Alaska Hydrokinetic Energy Research Center (AHERC) has established the Tanana River Test Site, which is now part of PMEC. The Tanana River Test Site preforms many functions, including testing hydrokinetic power-generating devices and measuring environmental characteristics.

Campus Testing

Oregon State University: The Wallace Energy Systems and Renewable Facility houses the Wave Energy Linear Test Bed. It enables dynamic testing by using captured wave profiles while simulating the hydrodynamic force of ocean waves. The two wave tanks at the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory – the Large Wave Flume and the directional Tsunami Wave Basin –  allow for testing of scaled WECs.

University of Washington: The Aeronautical Laboratory maintains a flume suitable for scale testing of current turbines. The Harris Hydraulics Laboratory is in the process of upgrading its combined wind/wave channel (available late-2015) suitable for scale testing of wave energy devices and mooring systems.

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