UPGRADE OF THE WAVE ENERGY TEST SITE AT MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII15 Sep 2011
Naval Facilities Engineering Services Center (NFESC) has awarded a Task Order to SST for $4,975,115 to upgrade the Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) at Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH). Wave energy conversion is a dynamic field, with new entrants, concepts, developments, and test results continually emerging. In order to facilitate test site implementation efforts and maintain a current awareness of the available wave energy converter technologies suitable for Navy installations, the Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) at Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) will provide three berths for testing and demonstrating these devices. The objectives of this task order are two-fold: Support upgrades for the existing 30m water depth WETS berth located at MCBH; and Support WETS expansion efforts at MCBH to allow the Navy to evaluate multiple wave energy converters (WEC) systems during test and demonstration phases. The expanded test site will provide two new moorings at approximately 60 to 80m water depths, with a subsea power and fiber optic transmission cable, shore office facilities and electrical grid connection, and data collection components.