PacWave Anchoring and Mooring Study

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


PacWave, with its location in some of the most energetic waters in the nation and a buildout to support grid-connected devices, is poised to become a leader in field testing of wave energy converters (WECs) at high technology readiness levels. As part of the device deployment and testing protocols at PacWave, the client is responsible for providing all mooring system components, since there are currently no mooring system components specified for PacWave. NREL and PNNL have been tasked with conducting a preliminary analysis of permanent or temporary mooring systems at the PacWave South site. Previous work for this task included a global trade study of mooring systems used for WECs, and a site characterization of PacWave South. This current report will use the results of the previous studies to inform the design of various mooring systems to be installed at PacWave, which will allow cost analyses to be performed to compare the costs of acquisition of these mooring systems and the costs of mooring systems designed specifically for clients' devices.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages33
StatePublished - 2023

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5000-84723


  • anchor
  • design
  • marine energy
  • mooring
  • PacWave


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