Recovery Act - Development of a Wave Energy-Responsive, Self-Acuated Blade Articulation Mechanism for an OWC Turbine

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$149,789.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
02-10ER85637
Agency Tracking Number:
92362
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
06 c
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Concepts Eti, D.b.a. Concepts Nrec
39 Olympia Avenue, Woburn, MA, 01801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
024355802
Principal Investigator:
Francis DiBella
Dr.
(781) 937-4718
fdibella@conceptsnrec.com
Business Contact:
Robert Hewett
Mr.
(802) 280-6170
rdh@conceptsnrec.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
An oscillating water-air column (OWC) is one of the most technically viable and efficient options for converting wave energy into useful electric power. However, there is a need to increase the overall energy conversion efficiency of the OWC system from its current 25% efficiency to improve the economics necessary for an OWC to compete effectively with other alternative forms of renewable energy. A potential improvement of up to 40% in wave energy recovery has been determined by CN based on its thermo-fluids computational model of an OWC system. The exact amount of improvement is dependent on the off-design operation of the OWC as it attempts to recover energy from a wide range of wave conditions. CN is working with Oceanlinx, Ltd., a world renowned developer of OWC systems to advance the design of Oceanlinx

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