Wave energy, unlike energy, is available 24 hours a day, every day of the week. Anyone with an interest in solar and wind energy will surely be fascinated by the possibilities offered by waves, which could be seen as a tad bit more reliable than solar power. Of course, this doesn’t mean solar won’t continue to rise – quite the contrary, our planet seems to be really taking things to solar heights. So where do waves come in?

Moving Toward a Planet Powered By Solar, Wind & Waves

The aforementioned will be situated in waters up to 255 feet deep, seven miles off the coast between Waldport and Newport. It will be connected to the grid via five subsea cables. Those committed to a world powered by solar, wind and wave energy will find this interesting, because it makes a major difference when it comes to a planet potentially primarily powered by renewable sources (such as solar, wind and waves). It’s not just solar leading the way anymore – waves are a great renewable option, too!

More than 1,000 pages of information for this wave test center project (initial environmental assessment, cover letter, draft license and application, and more) were sent to federal regulators from State University officials. Yes, all of this is for the grid-connected Pacific Marine Energy Center-South Energy Test Site which is off Lincoln County.

Over a period of approximately three months, the public will be able to review and discuss the draft license application. This should be of interest to anyone committed to solar, wind and wave energy – or basically, clean energy. One who follows solar and other renewable advancements will appreciate the latest green achievements being made.

Move Over Solar: Wave Power Could Be Next Big Thing

Previous wave energy projects were met with cynicism, but it looks as though this one is different – this should not come as a surprise, with all of the hype which has recently surrounded clean energy like solar power and wind power. People want to go green. In regard to this innovative project, the communication which is occurring amongst different parties has been unparalleled. Fishermen otherwise worried about losing ground have been working with Oregon State University directly, and things are coming along smoothly. As a matter of fact, according to commercial fisherman and Lincoln County commissioner, Terry Thompson, there is a lot of excitement surrounding this project.

The test center will be set seven miles off the coast, connected to the grid through five subsea cables. Oregon State University
The test center will be set seven miles off the coast, connected to the grid through five subsea cables.
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How It Will Work: Will Waves Blow Solar Out of the Water? 

The expectation is that the wave test center will be made up of four test berths, each able to connect five wave energy converters. Buried beneath the ocean floor will be four transmission cables and an auxiliary cable, which will touch the shore at Driftwood Beach State Recreation Site.

It is expected that, at total capacity, the center could produce 20 megawatts, but this number could vary. Imagine that – contributing to renewable energy under water. Who would have thought that solar and wave power would be leading the way one day? While wave power might be available 24/7 whereas solar power is not, this is a renewable energy source that could change the world in conjunction with other green sources of power, such as solar. But solar power is not going anywhere. Innovative persons will just continue to improve the way our planet operates by taking advantage of solar, wind and wave power – who knows what this could lead to next.

If You Like Solar & Wave Power, You’ll Like This: Oregon Is Moving Up

The wave test center is expected to be up and running within five years – by 2023. The U.S. Department of Energy views the site as a stage to allow for progressive testing of utility-scale wave energy converters in an open-coast environment. Here’s what this means for Oregon: the state will move up in the ranks when it comes to wave energy testing, and anyone interested in solar-related or green-energy achievements should appreciate this. Consequently, there will be more jobs created. It is expected that up to 150 coastal jobs could come into existence because of this impressive project. It’s not just solar advancements leading to job growth anymore.

In the world of solar, Oregon is moving up. And now, it’s moving up when it comes to other renewable energy advancements, too. Millions of dollars were given in federal money to this wave energy project back in 2016. Last year alone, feds offered a commitment of $30 million more. The state itself has contributed close to $4 million. Clearly, there is a visible dedication to making advancements when it comes to going green and moving the planet in a healthier direction – this is apparent by recent achievements made in solar, wind and now wave power.

Follow solar news and stay in the know about moves being made in terms of energy efficiency and solar power! If you didn’t know of wave energy before, now is a good time to start looking into how it could work in conjunction with solar. There are oceans of possibilities when it comes to taking our planet to solar heights – waves are just one way to keep the green energy flow going. Follow solar, wave and wind energy moves!

Sources:

https://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2018/04/24/oregons-transformative-wave-test-center-pushes.html

http://oregonstate.edu/osutoday/?p=47949

 

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