Wave Energy Technology – New Zealand in Oregon

Members may have noticed the press releases and magazine articles about the deployment of the WET-NZ device in Oregon. To remind members, WET-NZ and its US partner, bid for and was awarded funding by the US Department of Energy in September 2010.  Since then the project team has been working steadily on two key tasks:

  1. 1:30-scale tank testing at the Oregon State University test tanks to help refine the device design.  These tests were conducted in October 2011 and enabled some controlled testing of the WET-NZ wave energy device in a range of sea-states.
  2. Building in Oregon a ½-scale device, equivalent in size to the MEDF device, which has been deployed here in New Zealand.  In the end the hull of the device was built in Oregon, whilst the Power Pod was built in NZ and shipped to Oregon.

The tank testing facilitated some significant changes to the design, notably the float shape (compare the NZ device on the left with the US device on the right).

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AWATEA Executive Officer speaks at United Nations

The Executive Officer had the honour of speaking at a conference held at the United Nations in New York on 30 June. The conference was convened by the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (UNICPOLOS). New Zealand currently holds one of the Co-Chairman positions with former NZ Ambassador to the UN, Don MacKay, sharing the co-chairman’s role with the Ambassador from Mauritius.

UNICPOLOS meets every two years or so to discuss a theme important to the United Nations. This year’s theme was chosen as marine renewable energy and Dr. John Huckerby was invited to attend and present in his role as Chairman of the Ocean Energy Systems Implementing Group of the IEA.Continue Reading

AWATEA’s Affiliation with other Ocean Energy Associations

Over the last few months AWATEA has signed Affiliation agreements with the Oregon Wave Energy Trust (OWET)  and, more recently, with the Ocean Renewable Energy Group (OREG). These agreements effectively allow each organization to have the same rights as though they were members of the other organizations. This does not mean that individual members of AWATEA have the same rights in OREG or OWET as their own members but does mean we may have opportunities for joint activities that will be beneficial to both organizations and our members.

The Executive is looking at establishing similar relationships with other similar organizations and welcomes suggests from members for such relationships.

WET-NZ’s PoC Device

WaveGen’s Limpet