Hydrokinetic buoy connects to power grid on MCB Hawaii
By Lance Cpl. Vanessa M. American Horse
| Marine Corps Base Hawaii | October 01, 2010
MCB Hawaii --
The U.S. Navy announced Sept. 27 that it has connected a small wave energy generating buoy to a power grid on Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay in Oahu, Hawaii, that is drawing electrical power from the ocean's waves.
The buoy is approximately 55-feet tall with a diameter of five feet tapering to 12 feet in diameter at the surface. From a long underground cable, 3 to 4 kilowatts of energy is fed into the electrical grid on base.
The power from one buoy can provide complete power for two homes according to Don Rochon, public affairs officer, Naval Facilities Engineering Command. Current plans are to operate and test one buoy. Future buoy deployments will depend on results of ongoing tests and funding.