Maui Blog - Georgie Hunter R(S): Wave generated energy is coming to Maui - Oceanlinx news

Wave generated energy is coming to Maui - Oceanlinx news

harnessing ocean wave energy

 

Wave generated energy is coming to Maui

In a news release from the Hawaiian Electric Company, Oceanlinx Limited, an Australia-based high-tech company, formally announced plans to provide electric power from Hawaii's first wave based energy project.  The proposed project aims to provide up to 2.7 megawatts from 2 or 3 floating platforms located half a mile off Pauwela Point on the north shore of Maui. The platforms measure about 65 by 100 feet and 15-25 feet high and will not likely affect the views from shore.  On board the platforms, rising and falling seas push and pull air past turbines, creating electricity which is then brought ashore through an undersea cable to a substation tied to the electrical grid.  The $20 million ocean power generator would produce enough to power about 500 homes.pauwela pineapple fields - haiku maui

This is a new thing for Maui and still needs to go through the permitting process before construction can begin.  Negotiations are still underway with Maui Electric Company, regarding distribution and rates.  If all goes well, they anticipate being ready to rock and roll within a couple of years.

Pineapples are still grown in the Pauwela area of Haiku.  This largely agricultural area will be the distribution point for the inbound electricity.

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Comment balloon 13 commentsGeorgie Hunter R(S) 58089 • February 15 2008 04:23AM

Comments

Georgina, that is an interesting post, I look forward to seeing how it works out.  Actually I look forward to returning the Islands, what a beautiful place!  Keep us posted on how this works out!
Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 10 years ago
I am interested in this as Oregon is proposing the same thing...Maui and Oregon must be on the same wave length!
Posted by Don McCoy, Southern Oregon EcoBroker for John L. Scott R E (John L. Scott Real Estate) over 10 years ago

That is very interesting I look forward to hearing more about it.

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Posted by Charles McDonald, REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions) over 10 years ago

Tony & Darcy - If they can pull it off, it will really help out.

Don McCoy - I heard rumors that Oceanlinx already did one off Oregon, and it sank! ... have you heard about that?

Charles - Hawaii is trying to be a leader in the "green" energy movement. 

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago

Hi Georgina...I checked into it and all I can find is this article from a report. It is controled sinking and this has to do with wave generation:

Oceanographic scientists are using new, high-tech gliders to monitor Oregon's ocean with results that are both faster and cheaper than by manned vessels. The autonomous underwater vehicle is a robot. It flies through the sea by changing its buoyancy-taking on water to become heavy and sink, then expelling the water to become light and rising. Small wings turn vertical motion into forward motion, so that the glider moves without propulsion

Posted by Don McCoy, Southern Oregon EcoBroker for John L. Scott R E (John L. Scott Real Estate) over 10 years ago
It will be interesting to see the impact of the project. We have a few test sites off of the Texas coast, and I have been following some other test sites off of the Atlantic coast, but I had not heard of anyone putting them into effect yet.
Posted by Frank Schulte-Ladbeck (Frank Schulte-Ladbeck Professional Real Estate Inspections) over 10 years ago

Don - that's interesting... litte underwater robots!

Frank - I think it will be difficult because we get some seriously big waves here in the winter months.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago
I was wondering how long it would take for someone to try and harness the the ocean better for electricity.  I look forward to seeing how it works out.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago
Randy - if they can make it work here, it should be a piece of cake in other areas.
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago

Hi Deborah! - I'll be keeping an eye on this project - easy enough as I drive by it every time I go to town.

(PS - I've been clicking for hunger every time I remember)

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago

Hi Georgina - this is a step in the right direction to bring this to Hawaii and the rest of the US. Other countries overseas (which countries escape me right now!) It is great technology~expensive but none the less great to see it happening!

Posted by Mary McGraw, 2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine! (GLREA) over 10 years ago
Georgina - In Brittany (Bretagne) they use the changing tides to produce electricity and have done it for over 25 years that I am aware of.
Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 10 years ago

Mary - every little bit helps.... I hope Maui can be an shining example.

BJ - that's fantastic!  More places should be doing it.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago

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