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  1. Ocean Wave Energy : Developers face challenges capturing wave energy

      KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) — Although wave-generated power could meet a quarter of America's energy needs, the technology lags other renewables such as wind and solar . But the U.S. Navy has established a test site in Hawaii, where power from floating devices travels a mile through undersea cables to Oahu's power grid — the first wave-induced electricity online in the U.S. Some things to know about wave power: HOW DOES IT WORK? Buoys convert wave movement to electricity . Some buoys capture the up-and-down motion of the waves, powering generators, while others capture the side-to-side motion. Industry experts say a machine that uses all the ocean's movements at once is most likely to succeed. WHY IS WAVE POWER SO HARD TO DEVELOP? Salt water is corrosive, and powerful storms can damage machinery, so it's challenging to design buoys that can withstand the elements. Unlike solar panels or wind turbines on roofs and hills, wave energy buoys are constantly moving and are challenging to install and repair, requiring boats and crews with oceangoing expertise. HOW DOES U.S. WAVE ENERGY RESEARCH COMPARE? The U.S. government and military have put about $334 million into it over the last decade, while Europe invested more than $1 billion, according to the Marine Energy Council, a trade association. Congress is working on a bill that would provide additional wave research funding. Industry experts say wave energy could be commercially viable in the U.S. in the next five to 10 years. CAN WAVE ENERGY DEVICES BE SEEN FROM LAND? It depends. The two buoys deployed in Hawaii are visible from Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay, but you need binoculars to get a good look. It's likely that wave energy devices deployed by the dozen would be visible from land. WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE HAWAII TEST SITE? Two more companies are planning to test devices over the next two years. Each will be able to produce about 500 kilowatts of energy, which could potentially power hundreds of homes.

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    Tue, 20 Sep 2016

  2. Wave Power Energy: First wave-produced electricity in US goes online in Hawaii

    In the waters off the coast of Hawaii, a tall buoy bobs and sways in the water, using the rise and fall of the waves to generate electricity.

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    Mon, 19 Sep 2016

  3. Wave power facility goes online in Hawaii

    The current travels through an undersea cable for a mile to a military base, where it is fed into Oahu's power grid — the first wave power to go online in the U.S. 

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    Mon, 19 Sep 2016

  4. Optimisation project shaves costs of wave power

    A technology optimisation project has ‘exceeded all expectations’ and has made another leap in terms of bringing down the costs of wave energy .

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    Thu, 11 Aug 2016

  1. DOE to fund test facility for U.S. waters as Wave Energy Prize competition continues

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    Tue, 2 Aug 2016

  2. Wave energy developer Minesto receives Swedish Energy Agency funds

    Swedish wave energy developer Minesto and its partners have been granted research funding worth US$670,000 by the Swedish Energy Agency to help further work on its Deep Green technology.

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    Tue, 12 Jul 2016

  3. Ocean Power Technologies and Lockheed Martin developing utility-scale wave power system

    Lockheed Martin and Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) have signed a commercial engineering services agreement to develop OPT's wave energy systems for use in future utility-scale power generation projects.

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    Tue, 13 Oct 2009

  4. Utility-scale wave power gets a boost with new alliance

    Lockheed Martin and Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) have signed a commercial engineering services agreement to develop OPT's wave energy systems for use in future utility-scale power generation projects.

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    Tue, 13 Oct 2009

  5. Portugal ready to take bigger LNG transportation role, official says

    Europe could reduce its dependence on Russian natural gas by as much as 30% if it used more of Portugal and Spain’s LNG import capacity, a Portuguese government official told a Washington audience.

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    Thu, 15 Sep 2016

  6. Corbyn pledges major renewables drive in UK

    The Leader of the Opposition in the UK has said that he will create 316,000 jobs in wind, solar and wave power if his Labour Party comes to government.

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    Thu, 8 Sep 2016

  7. Early bird registration for Oregon Wave Energy Trust's OREC XI ends Friday

    Registration is now open for the Ocean Renewable Energy Conference (OREC), which returns this year to the the Leftbank Annex in Portland, Ore.

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    Mon, 25 Jul 2016

  8. New DOE opportunity to construct U.S. wave testing facility

    The U.S. Department of Energy has officially issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement to support the full-scale testing of marine hydrokinetic wave energy devices, with the goal of establishing a U.S. wave testing facility.

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    Wed, 17 Aug 2016

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