The U.S. Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) in Hawaii is now fully operational, with grid-connected berths at 30m, 60m, and 80m. Several companies have been selected to receive support funding for testing. The Hawaii Natural Energy Institute is supporting Navy and DOE WETS objectives, and will present observations and lessons learned from the first two WEC devices deployed (the Northwest Energy Innovations Azura and the Fred.Olsen Lifesaver), a summary of environmental measurements, wave forecast and WEC device modeling work, and an outline of expected WEC deployments and other planned activities, including the development of an ROV-equipped site-dedicated support vessel.
Patrick Cross (PhD, Meteorology, Naval Postgraduate School), completed a 20-year Naval officer career in submarines and meteorology/oceanography in 2006, culminating in a tour as Force Oceanographer for the Pacific submarine force based at Pearl Harbor. He then worked with a small company managing Navy-funded research projects related to underwater acoustics and autonomous vehicles. Cross joined HNEI in the fall of 2013 to manage efforts related to the Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site (WETS). In this capacity, he coordinates research at WETS and provides site management assistance to US Navy and DOE sponsors.