CalWave has commissioned its wave energy pilot off the coast of San Diego, California.
The CalWave x1 device will be tested for six months with the goal of validating the performance and reliability of the system in open ocean.
This project is supported by a US Department of Energy award with the goal to demonstrate CalWave’s scalable and patented xWave technology.
“CalWave’s long-duration deployment is a novel open water demonstration of a wave energy technology with active load management features,” said Jennifer Garson, acting director of the Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO).
Several partners collaborated with CalWave on this project, including the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, DNV GL, and UC Berkeley.
Following this demonstration, CalWave plans to prepare for deployment of a larger unit at PacWave, the first commercial-scale, utility grid-connected wave energy test site in the US rated at 20MW.