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August 18, 2016
U.S. reviews options for wave-energy test site
Washington (UPI) Aug 17, 2016
As much as $40 million may be available to help support the development of a wave-energy testing facility in U.S waters, the Energy Department said. "If successful, the advancements made possible by this work will further America's progress in proving wave energy as a viable source for our nation's clean energy future," the department reported. The Energy Department last year deployed a wave energy prototype dubbed Azura at a test site at Kaneohe Bay off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii. Develo ... read more

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