The U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) is funding another deployment of the wave energy converter BOLT Lifesaver at the 30m test berth of the Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site (WETS), located offshore of Marine Corps Base Hawaii, near Kaneohe, on Oahu.

A collaborative effort between the Applied Research Lab at University of Hawaii, the Applied Physics Lab at University of Washington, offshore operations company Sea Engineering, Inc., and technology owner Fred. Olsen Ltd., the project will see BOLT Lifesaver modified to host an oceanographic sensor package (Adaptable Monitoring Package – AMP), developed by the UW Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, to demonstrate the wave energy converter’s ability to directly power external systems. In addition to the AMP’s usual set of sonars and cameras to observe the marine environment, the system will include an underwater data-logging and non-contact power transfer solution, suitable for charging Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, developed by Seattle-based startup, WiBotic. 

The team will also make key modifications to the mooring systems, in an effort to demonstrate simplified deployment processes and enhanced power performance.

The BOLT Lifesaver will be deployed and tested for six months beginning Q3 2018.