MARYLAND, August 30, 2017 - In hopes that ocean waves could power millions of homes and businesses, Sandia National Laboratories has teamed up with the U.S. Navy to advance efficiency of wave energy devices. Researchers have been granted access to the Navy’s Maneuvering and Seakeeping (MASK) Basin in Bethesda, Maryland. Watercraft prototypes are tested at the location, which simulates various wave conditions. Sandia is using that technology to maximize the power output of its one-ton wave energy converter (WEC). Scientists believe that larger WECs could provide reliable power to the electric grid and offshore naval bases. The MASK facility previously hosted the Energy Department’s Wave Energy Prize competition involving WECs.
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