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Navy Gives $9M to UH for Wave Energy Research

The money is earmarked for the university's Navy-sponsored Applied Research Laboratory.

·By Alia Wong

The U.S. Navy has awarded the University of Hawaii $9 million to support its research on wave energy conversion devices in Kaneohe Bay off of the Marine Corps Base.

The funds are earmarked for the university’s controversial Navy-sponsored “Applied Research Laboratory” in conjunction with UH Manoa’s Natural Energy Institute.

The Kaneohe site is slated to be the first wave energy test site in the U.S. connected to an active power grid. According to a university press release, little research has been conducted on wave energy despite its abundance in Hawaii and other parts of the country.


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