In fabricating ships’ hulls, seawalls and docks, the goal is to resist the power of the waves, developing ways to harness -- rather than resist -- the immense power of ocean waves have been going on even here, aboard So...fea as we develop our own small Hydro Generator over our stern. (more about that project coming at www.whazammo.com/ late next month, March 2018).
This Fall, the Irish firm, OceanEnergy, will commission their 826 ton OE Bouy, which generates electricity from ocean waves, at the U.S. Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site on the windward coast of the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Fabricated by Oregon Vigor Marine it is 125 feet x 59 feet with a deep draft of 31 feet.
The $12 million project is part‐funded by the US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).