Hawaii wave energy project gets $500,000 boost

Published: May. 21, 2012 at 8:11 AM HST
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Kaneohe Bay
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HONOLULU (AP) - The U.S. Department of Energy is providing $500,000 to a project testing wave energy in Oahu's Kaneohe Bay.

Hawaii's congressional delegation said in a news release Friday the money will support a pilot project to deploy and test a device that will convert wave energy to electricity. The funds will test the technical readiness of the technology.

Sen. Daniel Akaka says wave energy has great potential to be a significant source of power.

The Navy has been testing a wave energy technology in the water off Maine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay for about 10 years.

The Navy hopes to provide wave-produced energy to the Marine base in 2014.

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