The California Wave Energy Test Center (CalWave) Feasibility Study project was funded over multiple phases by the Department of Energy to perform an interdisciplinary feasibility assessment to analyze the engineering, permitting, and stakeholder requirements to establish an open water, fully energetic, grid connected, wave energy test center off the coast of California for the purposes of advancing U.S. wave energy research, development, and testing capabilities. Work under this grant included wave energy resource characterization, grid impact and interconnection requirements, port infrastructure and maritime industry capability/suitability to accommodate the industry at research, demonstration and commercial scale, and macro and micro siting considerations. CalWave Phase I performed a macro-siting and down-selection process focusing on two potential test sites in California: Humboldt Bay and Vandenberg Air Force Base. This work resulted in the Vandenberg Air Force Base site being chosen as the most favorable site based on a peer reviewed criteria matrix. CalWave Phase II focused on four siting location alternatives along the Vandenberg Air Force Base coastline and culminated with a final siting down-selection. Key outcomes from this work include completion of preliminary engineering and systems integration work, a robust turnkey cost estimate, shoreside and subsea hazards assessment, storm wave analysis, lessons learned reports from several maritime disciplines, test center benchmarking as compared to existing international test sites, analysis of existing applicable environmental literature, the completion of a preliminary regulatory, permitting and licensing roadmap, robust interaction and engagement with state and federal regulatory agency personnel and local stakeholders, and the population of a Draft Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Preliminary Application Document (PAD). Analysis of existing offshore oil and gas infrastructure was also performed to assess the potential value and re-use scenarios of offshore platform infrastructure and associated subsea power cables and shoreside substations. The CalWave project team was well balanced and was comprised of experts from industry, academia, state and federal regulatory agencies. The result of the CalWave feasibility study finds that the CalWave Test Center has the potential to provide the most viable path to commercialization for wave energy in the United States.
Final Report Feasibility Study for the California Wave Energy Test Center (CalWave) Volume 1
Title: Final Report Feasibility Study for the California Wave Energy Test Center (CalWave) Volume 1
July 31, 2017
Document Number: DOE-CP-0006517
Publisher: Cal Poly Corporation, Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy, California Polytechnic University
Blakeslee, S.; Toman, W.; Willaims, R.; Davy, D.; West, A.; Connet, R.; Thompson, J.; Dolan, D.; Baltimore, C.; Jacobson, P.; Hagerman, G.; Potter, C.; Dooher, B.; Wendt, D.; Sheppard, C.; Harris, A.; Lawson, W. (2017). Final Report Feasibility Study for the California Wave Energy Test Center (CalWave) Volume 1. Report by California Polytechnical State University, Protean Wave Energy Ltd., Leidos, CH2M Hill, Kearns & West, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, California Natural Resources Agency, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and Humboldt State University. pp 1277.