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Marine and Hydrokinetic Data

These datasets detail the marine and hydrokinetic resource available in the United States.

Geographic Coordinate System Name: GCS_WGS_1984

Coverage File Last Updated Metadata
Wave Power Density Zip 3.4 MB 10/20/2011 Wave Power Density.xml
Wave Energy Period Zip 2.4 MB 10/20/2011 Wave Energy Period.xml
Significant Wave Height Zip 2.3 MB 10/20/2011 Wave Significant Height.xml
Wave Hindcast Zip 1.4 MB 10/20/2011 Wave Hindcast.xml
Wave Study Depth Zip 100.8 KB 10/20/2011 Wave Depth.xml

This project estimated the naturally available and technically recoverable U.S. wave energy resource using a 51-month Wavewatch III hindcast database developed by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's National Centers for Environmental Prediction. For total resource estimation, wave power density in terms of kilowatts per meter was aggregated across a unit diameter circle. This approach is consistent with accepted global practice and includes the resource made available by the lateral transfer of wave energy along wave crests, which enables densities within a few kilometers of a linear array, even for fixed terminator devices.

Read Mapping and Assessment of the United States Ocean Wave Energy Resource for full details of the study.

Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology Database

The U.S. Department of Energy's Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology Database provides information about marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) renewable energy, both in the U.S. and around the world. The database includes wave, tidal, current, and ocean thermal energy and contains information about energy conversion technologies, companies active in the field, and projects under development.

Hydrodynamic Testing Facilities Database

The Hydrodynamic Testing Facilities Database provides data on a range of test capabilities and services available at commercial, academic, and government facilities and offshore berths within the United States.