European marine experts to help set up US wave energy centre

The European Marine Energy Centre in Scotland is to help set up a similar facility off the Pacific Northwest coast.

The European centre in Orkney will offer its expertise to the new test project being set up by Oregon Wave Energy Trust and Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Centre.

The new centre is targeted to harness the significant wave energy resources available along the west coast and this, say its owners, will remove a major barrier to the development of the marine energy technology industry in the US, by providing the region's first standardised testing facilities in real-world conditions.

When complete, the centre will offer up to four test berths connected to the regional grid, each with capacity for testing devices up to 1MW in size.

Richard Morris, commercial director of the European Marine Energy Centre, said: “There is significant wave resource available to the United States in the pacific northwest and the creation of the energy centre will deliver a vital resource in terms of capability for testing grid-connected devices.”

Belinda Batten, director of Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Centre, said the European input “will be invaluable to the PMEC development planning process”.


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