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A Wave Energy Partnership

Posted by: | January 25, 2013 | 3 Comments |

(Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from Oregon State University Advantage.)

Harnessing Wave Power through a Winning University-Industry Partnership

At Oregon State University’s O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory, a small yellow buoy with several bright red lights bobs up and down in the mechanically created waves. Although it may not look like much to the casual observer, the apparatus is a test model for a next-generation device intended to capture energy from the continual movement of the ocean. Rigorous testing of this model is necessary before researchers begin assessing much larger units off the Oregon Coast.

The new wave-power technology was made possible by a unique partnership between Oregon State University and Columbia Power Technologies. “Columbia Power Technologies is an example of a long-term partnership where the company has advanced their technologies through work with OSU,” said Belinda

Batten, director of the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC). “It has licensed some of Oregon State’s intellectual property and several students have graduated and gone on into this industry. That, for us is a real success.”

From a broad perspective of economic development, university-industry partnerships make good sense, but collaborating with academia is a new concept for most companies. The Oregon State–Columbia Power partnership provides a case study that illuminates the benefits when industry and academia join forces.


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  1. By: ed champagne on July 29, 2013 at 10:22 pm      Reply

    Are there contest for designs that generates the greatest output of safe reliable power at the lowest rate per KW/hour.

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