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Oregon gives wave energy a $50,000 boost

Ecotrope | Nov. 9, 2010 12:22 a.m. | Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 1:44 p.m.

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Oregon Wave Energy Trust has granted $50,000 to Aquamarine Power to study the waves off the coast of Lincoln or Tillamook counties. It’s the fourth grant OWET – a private-public partnership that’s helping to facilitate wave-energy development – has given out to boost industry investment on the Oregon coast. The partnership gets state lottery money and is one of six long-term economic development projects backed by the Oregon Innovation Council.

UK-based Aquamarine Power wants to put an “Oyster” wave-power generator off Oregon’s coast. You can see how  it looks and how it moves in the water in the video (above) from the Oyster already deployed off the coast of Scotland. The OWET grant money will go toward putting devices in the water that will measure the frequency, intensity and height of waves as they reach the Oregon shoreline, which will help determine where the Oyster would be most effective.

The company has hired Lincoln County resident Theresa Wisner to do community outreach, using her experience in education, commercial fishing and working on research vessels. An Oregon-based outreach team has spent four months talking with ocean users and other stakeholders about the best place to put wave energy.

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