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STTR Phase I: Wave Carpet Ocean Demonstration

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1648834
Agency Tracking Number: 1648834
Amount: $225,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: CT
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-12-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-05-31
Small Business Information
1387 Scenic Ave
Berkeley, CA 94708-1809
United States
DUNS: 080183450
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Marcus Lehmann
 (510) 508-9897
Business Contact
 Marcus Lehmann
Phone: (510) 508-9897
Research Institution
 University of California-Berkeley
 M.-Reza Alam
Sponsored Projects Office 2150 Shattuck Ave, Ste 313
Berkeley, CA 94704
United States

 Nonprofit College or University

This STTR Phase 1 project enables the development and validation of a fully operational hydraulic Power Conversion Chain (PCC) designed specifically for an ocean Wave Energy Converter (WEC). A WEC's PCC is responsible for converting absorbed mechanical power to electrical power. Ocean wave energy is currently an underutilized resource that has the potential to become an important part of a renewable energy mix providing power up to a third of the US while reducing carbon emissions alongside with wind and solar power. However, device survivability is a key challenge that has thus far held the wave energy industry back. This project includes the testing and validation of various hydraulic safety mechanisms, advancing the PCC as part of a broader strategy for WEC survivability. This STTR Phase 1 project will directly support the development and validation of a Power Conversion Chain (PCC) as part of a larger effort to design, construct, and test a full-scale Wave Energy Converter (WEC) prototype in an ocean deployment. The PCC will be tested using a hardware-in-the-loop approach, in which a computer simulation of the WEC is coupled directly to the physical PCC elements. This real-time feedback will allow the PCC's performance to be evaluated for realistic ocean wave climates, and will facilitate rapid testing of critical safety mechanisms using the actual components in a safe laboratory environment. Results from the tests will be compared with a high-fidelity computer model of the PCC to validated performance. Once proven, the PCC will be incorporated into a revolutionary WEC design, which offers superior storm survivability and power consistency.

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