Pacific Marine Energy Center South Energy Test Site

Oregon State University (OSU) continues to collaborate with local stakeholders including fishermen, businesses, the City of Newport and Lincoln County, on the development of an open ocean testing facility for wave energy converters (WECs) in Oregon, USA.

The Pacific Marine Energy Center South Energy Test Site (PMEC-SETS) will be located approximately seven miles offshore to the south of Newport.

As a grid-connected test facility, PMEC-SETS will provide WEC developers the opportunity to:

  • Optimize WECs and arrays to increase their energy capture, improve their survivability and reliability, and decrease their levelized cost of energy;
  • Refine deployment, recovery, operations, and maintenance procedures;
  • Collect interconnection and grid synchronization data; and
  • Gather information about potential environmental effects, and economic and social benefits.

As such, the primary purpose of the project is to serve as a facility to allow clients to test full-scale WECs, with generation and transmittal of power to the grid being a secondary project purpose.

Please click HERE to visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s PMEC-SETS webpage


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