The Ocean Grazer is primarily intended for deep ocean waters for three main reasons. Most importantly, the wave energy content in deep ocean waters is significantly higher than in near-shore locations, meaning that devices in deep ocean waters can potentially extract more energy. Secondly, although the vast majority of people are in favor of renewable energy and the decarbonization of the economy, there is good reason to expect that people would not like coastlines to become obstructed by renewable energy system installations. Correspondingly, Ocean Grazer devices will be located far from the coast beyond the visible horizon. Thirdly, the marine traffic and marine life is often more dense in shallow waters near the coast, resulting in interference and potential conflicts. By focusing on more remote locations outside normal marine traffic routes, interference will be minimized.

In principle, the Ocean Grazer is suitable to be deployed worldwide. However, most wave energy is available within latitudes of 30° and 60° in both hemispheres, and especially on the west coasts relative to the global wind directions. For Europe, the best location is off the coast of Ireland and Scotland, which is currently the primary focus for most wave energy converter projects including the Ocean Grazer. However, a substantial amount of wave energy is also available off the coasts of France, Spain, Portugal and Norway, and even in some areas of the North Sea, suggesting a wide deployability of Ocean Grazer devices.

Average wave power potential based on data from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts made by Fugro Oceanor. The average values are based on a period of ten years. Source: Oceanor.no.