Oahu to connect ocean wave energy to power grid

Oahu to connect ocean wave energy to power grid

HONOLULU (AP) - Oahu could become the first place in the United States to connect the energy harvested from ocean waves to a power grid.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday that a company called Northwest Energy Innovations will start testing a prototype in September.

During peak wave conditions the energy from the waves could power several homes. Scientists say it's a modest amount of energy but an important step.

Officials at the University of Hawaii say the Navy provided $9 million in support. Up to four other companies could begin testing at the site in Kaneohe Bay.

Steve Kopf of Northwest Energy Innovations says the push to use ocean waves as renewable energy is about 30 years behind the wind power industry.

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