Why Wave Energy?
Approximately one-third of the US annual electricity usage could potentially be generated from waves and tidal currents, and 80% of that is estimated to be along the outer continental shelf. Ocean waves are relatively constant and are increasingly predictable. The US Department of Energy actively supports research, testing and development of innovative technologies capable of generating renewable, environmentally responsible, and cost-effective electricity from US water resources, including waves.
|• Oregon State University partnered with US Department of Energy, the State of Oregon and other stakeholders to build a wave energy test facility off the Oregon Coast|
• Expected to be operational in late 2021 / early 2022
|• Located 7 miles off Newport, the site is highly accessible and ideally located for testing survivability and energy production
• Supported by a diverse local and regional maritime supply chain
What is Pacwave?
Pacwave is a globally recognized, open-ocean wave energy test facility based at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. It consists of two test sites, Pacwave North and South, located in close proximity to the deep-water commercial port of Newport, Oregon. Pacwave is affiliated with the Pacific Marine Energy Center – a consortium of universities focused on the responsible advancement of marine energy, including wave, tidal, riverine, and offshore wind resources.
|Be early-in on testing a zero-carbon renewable energy source
Participate in creation of new state-of-the-art technologies
Public funding greatly increases the return on your investment
Engage with and benefit from Oregon State University’s excellent
How to Support
- Make a Gift
- Cash Program Support
- Multi-year pledge
- Gift-in-Kind of needed goods, services or property
- Charitable contribution within purchase of OSU
- Traditional University-Style Naming Opportunities
- Possible future academic scholarships
To make a gift or to learn more, please contact Doug Brusa, Director of Development, Pacific Marine Energy Center at 541-207-8686