Eight projects will receive a total of $25 million from the Department of Energy to support the first round of open-water ocean-wave energy testing at the PacWave South test site located off the Oregon coast.

The funding call, issued in June, was aimed at advancing wave energy converter (WEC) technologies toward commercial viability.

Most of the grants went to California and Pacific Northwest researchers, who received $9.3 million and $8 million, respectively, accounting for 68 percent of the funding.

The award categories, recipients and award amounts are as follows.

Testing WEC designs for use in geographically remote areas or on small, local energy grids:

  • CalWave Power Technologies, Oakland, Calif. ($7.5 million);
  • Columbia Power Technologies, Charlottesville, Va. ($4.2 million).

Developing WEC designs that can be connected to or disconnected from the grid:

  • Dehlsen Associates, Santa Barbara, Calif. ($1.8 million);
  • Oscilla Power, Seattle, Wash. ($1.8 million).

Research and development related to environmental monitoring technologies, WEC control instrumentation and other technologies:

  • Integral Consulting, Seattle, Wash. ($379,329);
  • Littoral Power Systems, New Bedford, Mass. ($4.0 million);
  • Portland State University, Portland, Ore. ($4.5 million);
  • University of Washington, Seattle, Wash. ($1.3 million).

The 20 MW, $80 million PacWave South project—still under construction 7 miles southwest of Newport, Ore.—is expected to go live by 2023. It will be the first accredited, grid-connected, pre-permitted U.S. open water wave-energy test facility.

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