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Watts & Water!

 

CalWave Power Technologies Inc. (CalWave) provides a solution to harness the renewable power of ocean waves to produce electricity and freshwater. CalWave’s patented Wave Energy Converter (WEC) is moored offshore, simple and scalable. Our initial shallow water approach was inspired by the ability of a muddy seafloor to effectively absorb over passing ocean waves within only a few wavelengths. Our patented solution operates submerged, allowing it to survive stormy seas while causing no visual pollution or posing any collision danger.

In 2017, CalWave was awarded for a multi-million demonstration contract by the US DOE and received support by Thiel Foundation’s Breakout Labs. Through testing in open ocean, CalWave will validate and update estimated costs for a full-scale version of our technology.

In January 2019, CalWave received an additional multi-million dollar award by DOE to build a commercial scale drive train in parallel to our open water demo.

CalWave was awarded by the US Wave Energy Prize for meeting the threshold to double the energy captured from ocean waves compared to the state of the art.

 

An essential piece of the clean energy puzzle

According to the Department of Energy, wave energy has the potential to power over 100 million US homes, but is completely underutilized at the moment. Wave energy has the advantage of higher predictability, nighttime availability, and significantly higher energy density (~30-60 kW/m of coastline). The significantly higher energy density enable lower land requirements and a lower carbon foot print compared to other generation forms.

Initial approach inspired by nature

The ability of muddy seafloors to dampen ocean waves is well documented at various locations around the world. In the Gulf of Mexico, the wave–mud interaction is so strong that the storm waves are damped within 100–200 m! Our initial shallow water design was inspired by this phenomena.

Technological Advantages

CalWave’s design has distinct technological advantages:

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Survivable

Submerged operations enable storm survivability and economical design.

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Passive

The device poses no visual pollution to the ocean surface and no collision danger to boats and sea life.

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Simple

High performance and absorption efficiency of ocean waves.

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Scalable

The modular design allows our technology to scale for desired output power capacities.

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Latest Updates

In January 2019, CalWave received an additional multi-million dollar award by DOE to build a commercial scale drive train. This development is taking place in parallel to our ongoing open water demo awarded in 2017. “Advancing next-generation marine energy will help... read more

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