(3. November 2015)
Two researchers from the University of Hawaii take this round. Dei works at the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, http://www.hnei.hawaii.edu/, focusing on marine energy and has been in contact with RMS for a long time. Professor Steve Masutani is an expert in thermal energy, but also works with marine biomass, hydrogen production, methane hydrate and fuel cells. Patrick Cross is responsible for operating at WETS test site for wave power on the east side of the Oahu Island. This is the only test site in the United States with a network connection, and thus has a similarity with Runde.
There are three connection points on the site, with anchor in place. One plant (Azura) has produced power to the network for a year, and a new facility will soon be in place and supply power to the network. It exchanges information on experiences and plans, collaborating on the verification of stream production and environmental monitoring in connection with testing: monitoring of birds and fish, as well as factors such as ocean noise, to which WETS has good experience. The parties intend to enter into a long-term cooperation agreement, which includes project cooperation and personnel exchange.
Photo: Steve Masutani and Patrick Cross in front of the Runde Environment Center.