A wave power prototype designed by Wave Energy Technology New Zealand has won a grant of more than $NZ2 million ($A1.53 million) from the United States Government.

Wave Energy Technology, which is a collaboration between Industrial Research Ltd and Power Projects Ltd, a Wellington-based company headed by wave energy expert John Huckerby, has had a quarter-scale wavepower device, producing 2kW of electricity, moored off Christchurch since 2006.

The company has now won US Government funding to build and test a quarter-scale version of the device off the coast of Oregon and to carry out detailed modelling work in wave tanks at Oregon State University.

John Huckerby said that  “Taken together, our New Zealand and US-based activities will accelerate the design and development of our 100kW device and our programme towards commercialisation. Project work in both countries will cross-fertilise our development.”

Quarter-scale test device being deployed.
Quarter-scale test device being deployed.