Thomas Boerner

Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer

Thomas Boerner serves as CTO and has been leading the hydrodynamics and controls engineering at CalWave since the company’s inception. Thomas is a co-inventor of CalWave’s key patents and trade secrets. Next to completing his Ph.D. in holistic control strategies for wave energy conversion at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), he holds a M.Sc. in Energy Technologies as well as an M.Sc. in Economics from RWTH Aachen University. After working in the wind turbine industry with Bosch Rexroth in China and Germany, focusing on pitch and yaw control mechanisms, Thomas started his work on novel wave energy conversion methods at UC Berkeley. During the earliest days of CalWave’s technology development, Thomas evolved state-of-the-art Hardware-In-The-Loop (HIL) and numerical modeling environments for application towards wave energy conversion. These crucial tools allowed the derivation of CalWave’s unique Holistic Control platform applicable to all of CalWave’s WEC technologies and scales.