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Buoys Evaluate Performance of Wave Energy Conversion off Hawaii

PacIOOS deployed a second wave buoy in Kaneohe Bay, Oahu as part of Hawaii Natural Energy Institute's (HNEI) efforts to test in-water wave energy conversion devices at the U.S. Navy Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) in Kaneohe Bay.

The U.S. Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site (WETS), the United States’ first grid- connected test site of this kind, was completed by the Navy in mid-2015. The Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) is providing key research support to this national effort in the form of environmental monitoring, independent wave energy conversion (WEC) device power performance and durability analysis, and critical marine logistical support.

Significant wave height and energy period derived from the wave buoys are essential parameters to evaluate the power performance of wave energy conversion devices. All data is available on the PacIOOS website. Data are managed by the Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Long-term partnerships with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and CDIP enable data streaming.

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