•Owner/Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy/Ricardo PLC
• Location: Washington, D.C.
Test facility for the Wave Energy Prize competition
Precision wave-generating capabilities
Proof-of-concept small-scale testing
Match specific wave frequencies and durations
Control different wave conditions
Renewable Energy from Ocean Waves
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) selected IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering (IIHR), more than a thousand miles from any ocean, as a test facility for its prestigious Wave Energy Prize competition. Wave energy convertor (WEC) technologies could help the United States achieve its renewable energy goals by doubling the energy captured from ocean waves.
Through the process of testing the WEC technologies, IIHR further developed the precision wave-generating capabilities in its advanced wave basin facility, which is primarily used for sophisticated ship hydrodynamics research.