Oregon State University has put its money where it’s inquiring mind is by floating a wave energy testing device in the ocean, about two miles northwest of Yaquina Head. The device, called the “Ocean Sentinel,” will be connected one at a time to an array of different prototypes of wave energy devices to measure their electrical output based on any and all wave and weather conditions Mother Nature can throw at it. And that includes the Oregon Coast’s fifty foot waves during the winter.
Oregon State University researchers and scientists say it’s critical that the testing reveal which designs work and which ones don’t. Many wave energy start-up companies want neutral third parties, like college and universities, to verify and provide documentation that each device does what it’s supposed to do. Investors certainly want those kinds of assurances.
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