Earth Techling - U.S. Navy officials met with a group of ocean developers last month to discuss plans for a wave energy test center in Hawai'i. The meeting was part of a conference held at Marine Corps Base Hawai'i on O'ahu. Attendees visited the Kaneohe Bay site, which has been researching wave technology for more than a decade. Kaneohe Bay also has a wave energy buoy connected to the power grid, making it the first such buoy in the U.S.
The Navy has stated that it intends to add more buoys in order to supply the Marine base with wave power by 2014. The conference featured several vendors from a variety of sustainable energy technology companies, all vying for funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. Forty such companies were in attendance, offering services including offshore wind power, ocean thermal energy, sea water air conditioning and ocean compressed air energy storage.