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
Contract: 02-10ER85637
Agency Tracking Number: 92362
Amount: $149,789.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: 06 c
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-09ER09-27
Small Business Information
39 Olympia Avenue, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 024355802
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Francis DiBella
 Dr.
 (781) 937-4718
 fdibella@conceptsnrec.com
Business Contact
 Robert Hewett
Title: Mr.
Phone: (802) 280-6170
Email: 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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