Advanced Research has been active in the investigation and development of wave energy in Oregon. Most recently we completed an assessment of the infrastructure needs and capabilities in Oregon to develop and implement wave energy devices. In our investigation, we spoke with wave energy developers in Scotland, Ireland, England, Norway, Canada and the US states of Oregon, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. We also met with port authorities, union workforce, Oregon SeaGrant, the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, and infrastructure providers on the Oregon coast in Coos Bay, Reedsport, Newport, Tillamook, and Portland. Our report, prepared for the Oregon Wave Energy Trust, provides a set of prioritized, recommended actions to resolve infrastructure gaps, thereby supporting the development of wave energy products and services in Oregon. We have also given presentations on the economic potential of Oregon’s infrastructure for wave energy at the Ocean Renewable Energy Conference in Seaside, Oregon in September 2009 and the technology of wave energy at a meeting of the Lincoln County Technology Solutions Alliance in Newport, Oregon in January 2010.
This report can be downloaded in full via the following link (36MB pdf)
Individual sections of the document can be downloaded:
A survey of the various forms of wave energy device technology, plus a brief summary of its implications for Oregon, for the Lincoln County Technology Solutions Alliance. The presentation provided a look at the various technologies being considered by developers worldwide for harnessing the power of the ocean as well as some of the potential issues and possible solutions. The presentation was broken into three main areas:
A presentation was given on the economic potential for Oregon’s infrastructure in the development of wave energy capability at the 2009 Ocean Renewable Energy Conference. The presentation provides a brief overview of infrastructure needs and what capabilities exist in Oregon, and then identifies the gaps and weaknesses in Oregon’s infrastructure. Through addressing the gaps, economic opportunities arise on both the local level and on the regional level.
A poster presentation at the 2009 Ocean Renewable Energy Conference that detailed the Wave Energy Infrastructure Assessment project overview and status.