Offshore Wave Power Feasibility Demonstration

Offshore Wave Power Feasibility Demonstration

Offshore wave energy is an exciting, renewable electricity solution toward providing global electrification and a sustainable future. The renewable energy resource is available worldwide, located close to population centers, continuously generated by winds, environmentally sound, and does not compete for expensive land.

E2I and the Electric Research Power Institute (EPRI) are collaborating with state energy agencies and utilities from Maine, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii, and the Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to define system designs for wave energy conversion device power plants at one site in each of those states.

Site assessment for offshore wave energy applications in the states of Hawaii, Washington, Oregon and Maine have been conducted. Viable candidate sites were identified that met required attributes of wave regime, bathymetry, coastal utility grid interconnection, regional manufacturing infrastructure, and local harbor infrastructure for deployment, retrieval and servicing of devices have been identified.

A majority of international Wave Energy Conversion (WEC) Device manufacturers responded to E2I and EPRI's request for information about potential applications of WEC devices to offshore sites. Initial findings show that the devices could be technologically ready for pilot plant detailed design and permitting in 2005 and beginning of construction in 2006.

For a single site and device in each of the partner states, E2I and EPRI will perform a conceptual level system design, analyze the yearly electrical power production, and assess the economics relative to those of other competing renewable sources such as wind.

This Phase I scoping study will provide information needed by each state's decision makers to decide whether or not to proceed to the Phase II study outlining a detailed concept, permitting issues, and construction financing options. Offshore wave energy is an exciting, renewable electricity solution toward providing global electrification and a sustainable future. The renewable energy resource is available worldwide, located close to population centers, continuously generated by winds, environmentally sound, and does not compete for expensive land.

E2I and the Electric Research Power Institute (EPRI) are collaborating with state energy agencies and utilities from Maine, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii, and the Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to define system designs for wave energy conversion device power plants at one site in each of those states.

Site assessment for offshore wave energy applications in the states of Hawaii, Washington, Oregon and Maine have been conducted. Viable candidate sites were identified that met required attributes of wave regime, bathymetry, coastal utility grid interconnection, regional manufacturing infrastructure, and local harbor infrastructure for deployment, retrieval and servicing of devices have been identified.

A majority of international Wave Energy Conversion (WEC) Device manufacturers responded to E2I and EPRI's request for information about potential applications of WEC devices to offshore sites. Initial findings show that the devices could be technologically ready for pilot plant detailed design and permitting in 2005 and beginning of construction in 2006.

For a single site and device in each of the partner states, E2I and EPRI will perform a conceptual level system design, analyze the yearly electrical power production, and assess the economics relative to those of other competing renewable sources such as wind.

This Phase I scoping study will provide information needed by each state's decision makers to decide whether or not to proceed to the Phase II study outlining a detailed concept, permitting issues, and construction financing options.