Wave Carpet

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,725.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-02-M-0147
Award Id:
59526
Agency Tracking Number:
N02-051-07
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1408 University Drive East, College Station, TX, 77840
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
555403328
Principal Investigator:
Paul Koola
Principal Investigator
(979) 260-5274
pkoola@kbsi.com
Business Contact:
Perakath Benjamin
Vice President
(979) 260-5274
pbenjamin@kbsi.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
"We propose to conceptualize and design a deep offshore wave-power floating system "Wave Carpet" that will¿ Have overall low life cycle cost due to Integrated design,¿ Be rapidly deployable,¿ Be easier to maintain and have inherent reliability by design,¿ And also ensure better steady power output from the randomly fluctuating input wave power source using built in energy storage and an internal electric grid.¿ Independent of wave direction and ensures better short crested sea performances.¿ Low power dynamically positioned device,¿ Non-corrosive maintenance free hull design,¿ Self-propulsion by advanced controls with minimal tug power.¿ Use of device as a wave damper thereby sharing the cost of power generated. Once successful this concept will act as wave dampers to protect crucial offshore structures, aircraft carriers, MOB's etc. in addition to providing power. This dual power and damping nature of this device will make the cost of power attractive even intoday's lop-sided costing for power from polluting sources. We also envision the wave carpet to be used for recreational purposes in the ocean like an ocean trampoline. The multi-functional use of this device should trigger private offshore firms anddefense contractors to take a look at this design. We intend to sell of the design to those who want to mass-produce them."

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