Add big ocean waves to the list of Oregon’s natural resources of growing trees and food. Oregon’s big waves are fully capable of producing a lot of electricity for an ever growing public demand for power. And thanks to government grants and other subsidies, the private sector is cranking out a kaleidoscope of wave energy generators, all of which need to be tested under real ocean conditions.
According to researchers, waters off Reedsport, Newport and other coastal areas may soon see more testing stations providing private wave energy companies with the data they need to see if their research works in the real world, not just in a tank inside a building.
The quest for these testing stations and what they may portend for other users of the ocean is found in this story in the Coos Bay World. Click here.