2021 Open-Ocean Pilot (San Diego, CA)

On September 16th, 2021, CalWave successfully commissioned California’s first at-sea, long-duration wave energy pilot. For the next six months, the x1™ pilot unit, a scaled representation of CalWave’s x100™ architecture, will transform the motion of ocean waves into electricity before being transported back to the shore via an umbilical cable. This project is supported by a US Department of Energy award with the goal of validating the performance and reliability of our fully autonomous, submerged xWave system in open ocean.

Key partners for this project include Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, DNV GL, and UC Berkeley. Additionally, CalWave is collaborating with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Integral Consulting, Inc. to collect empirical data and monitor marine ecosystem acceptability of the WEC.

PacWave (Newport, OR)

Following the San Diego open-ocean pilot, CalWave plans to prepare for deployment of our x100™ unit, ranking 100kW of power, at PacWave. PacWave will be the first federally-approved, commercial-scale, utility grid-connected wave energy site in the United States.

Credit: US Department of Energy