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Renewable Wave Energy: Integral Awarded Second NREL Contract

California CoastIntegral Consulting Inc. (Integral) is pleased to announce that its Marine Science and Engineering group has been awarded a second contract with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).  As part of a 3-year multi-laboratory research project, Integral will deploy wave characterization equipment and collect high-fidelity wave measurement data during a 12-month period at a northern California coastal location.  The overall project is designed to help accelerate the development of marine and hydrokinetic energy in the U.S.

Integral’s initial contract with NREL involved collecting wave measurement data at two locations near the Oregon coast. These data, along with wave data from the northern California location, will support wave resource characterization, model validation, and establishment of a wave classification scheme in regions and sites where early wave energy converter deployments are likely.

Grace Chang, Ph.D., is Integral’s principal investigator for the marine and hydrokinetic research, and Frank Spada is Integral’s field manager.  Dr. Chang and Mr. Spada have more than 20 years of experience with field operations, scientific research, and ocean technology development.

Integral’s Marine Science and Engineering group has extensive experience in the deployment, maintenance, and recovery of oceanographic monitoring surface buoys, buoy-mooring systems, and seabed bottom-mount platforms.

For more information on Integral’s marine science services, contact Dr. Grace Chang at

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