Oregon Closer to Generating Energy from Ocean Waves
Oregon is one step closer to getting a utility-scale wave farm, according to an announcement made by New-Jersey based company Ocean Power Technologies on Wednesday, August 4th, 2010. The company recently signed a settlement agreement with 11 government agencies and several private companies to make way for the proposed wave energy plant, which could power up to 1,000 homes in Oregon.
The wave energy plant will be made up of 10 PowerBuoys designed to generate electricity from the natural movement of the ocean. Resembling ordinary buoys, these PowerBuoys will each house a piston-like device that is moved by the ocean's waves. Sensors and communications systems on the buoys will allow them to be monitored and adjusted to maximize the amount of wave energy that they gather. The wave energy generated by the pistons will be sent to shore through underwater transmission cables, and this electricity will then be used to power homes and businesses.
The buoys are currently being constructed by Oregon Iron Works, although the Federal Energy Regulation Commission has not yet issued a license to connect the wave energy plant to the state's power grid.