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CalWave Develops Technology for Wave Energy Project in British Columbia

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 29, 2024
CalWave Develops Technology for Wave Energy Project in British Columbia

Wave energy technology developer CalWave has been chosen as the technology provider for a wave energy project in Yuquot, British Columbia, Canada, in collaboration with the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation (MMFN). Yuquot, located on Nootka Island just off the west coast of Vancouver Island, has been the traditional home of the MMFN for thousands of years. The community was once a thriving center of fish and fur trading until most residents were relocated to Vancouver Island in the late 20th century.

The MMFN is now working to reclaim their land, rebuild their community, and utilize the power of the North Pacific waves to help fuel their new microgrid and achieve energy independence. The Indigenous-led project, funded by a grant from TD Bank Group and the Clean Energy in Rural and Remote Communities Program within Natural Resources Canada, involves a consortium of partners across Canada, including The Pacific Research Institute for Marine Energy Discovery (PRIMED) at the University of Victoria, Barkley Project Group, Canpac Marine Services, and Environmental Dynamics Inc.

This project is a groundbreaking initiative for coastal community microgrids and could serve as a model for other coastal communities along the North American Pacific Coast and globally. The MMFN project is currently in the feasibility and design phase to gather the necessary information for an informed decision on the full project buildout. The goal is to transform Yuquot into a center for innovation in community development and clean energy, building on its historical significance as a trade hub.

CalWave, a California-based wave energy technology developer, is leading the project. The company was awarded the Wave Energy Prize by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2016 and has secured multiple R&D contracts from the DOE Water Power Technologies Office. CalWave successfully demonstrated its first open-ocean system off the coast of San Diego in 2021 and 2022 and is contracted by the DOE to deploy its first utility grid-connected system at the 20 MW PacWave test site off the central Oregon coast.

By Samantha Johnson

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