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CalWave xNode

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0023851
Agency Tracking Number: 0000274621
Amount: $198,687.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: C56-14d
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0002903
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2023
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-07-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-04-09
Small Business Information
3 Captain UNIT 310
Emeryville, CA 94608
United States
DUNS: 080183450
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Kelly
 (510) 508-9897
 michael@calwave.org
Business Contact
 Marcus Lehmann
Phone: (510) 508-9897
Email: marcus@calwave.energy
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

CalWave’s xNode is enabling the Ocean Internet of Things by providing power and access to data offshore. The xNode is a versatile, adaptable, and resilient ocean observing platform with built-in power generation. It is lightweight and low cost, resilient for storm survivability, and easily stores, ships, and deploys. The xNode facilitates and improves a range of existing and novel offshore missions. A standard baseline ocean science sensor suite ensures that every mission maximizes data collection and cross-functional interest. The modular scientific payload compartments can be equipped independently and easily configured in the standardized hull. Next to access to remote power and data offshore, the xNode stands out through innovative features such as a digital twin, on-board edge computing and a lightweight and compact size enabled by an innovative inflatable hull. CalWave draws on prior expertise in wave energy converter development and utilizes existing subsystems and elements such as our drivetrain power generation unit, advanced controls and numerical simulations. In Phase 1: CalWave will work with partners Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and Scripps Institute of Oceanography to determine their ideal sensor and power requirements for an ocean observing platform. CalWave will use that info to finalize the inflatable hull size and selecting all components and suppliers. Finally, the interface between the xNode, satellite communication, and end user will be developed to allow easy access to sensor and ocean information.

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