Recovery Act - Centipod Wave Energy Converter

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
02-10ER85639
Award Id:
99662
Agency Tracking Number:
92849
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
06 c
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
6430 Via Real, Suite 8, Carpinteria, CA, 93013
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
830226317
Principal Investigator:
Alexander Fleming
Dr.
(805) 684-2495
afleming@ecomerittech.com
Business Contact:
James Dehlsen
Mr.
(805) 684-2495
jbdehlsen@ecomerittech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The 4.5MW Centipod ocean wave generating system, a horizontally stable floating platform, optimally yawed (active) to wavefront exposure has 56 80kW flotation pods driving hydraulic rams. Fluid drives the hydroelectric generating system providing cost competitive electric power. Inherent survivability in extreme seas uses methodologies from offshore oil production. The proposed plan will provide complete detailed engineering, of the commercial prototype within a two year timeframe. The objectives of the SBIR Phase 1 project includes: 1) concept verification 2) performance and responses 3) device optimization. DA plans to employ a system integration effort to bring about its commerical scale Centipod 4.5 MW device. The proposed effort will retire risk in the following areas: survivability, energy extraction optimization, and power takeoff. Additionally, an enabling technology of linear generators is being developed with support from NNMREC. The Centipod Project is transformational because it provides a viable method for delivering utility scale power supply heretofore not possible with wave energy, and it can be realized rapidly by its short development time. Its viability is based on its competitive LCOE and power quality, which will be attractive to utilities targeting RPS compliance with renewable energy. Up to five-day forecasting enables efficient resource planning for utilities. Resource utilization estimated at 160MW per square mile, among highest of renewables. The U.S.-based Centipod will also have excellent export markets, particularly Europe, where wave energy is actively being pursued. The impact of Centipod is enhanced energy self-sufficiency and a reduction in emissions. A 100MW, 25 Centipod array will produce 310,000,000 kWh/year serving 29,000 households, displacing 310,000 tons per year of CO2 of emission from fossil fuel generation. To achieve the aforementioned project objectives, DA has assembled a team of recognized ocean industry experts having on average >30 years experience in their respective disciplines. The major participants include Re Vision, NNMREC, Oregon State University and General Atomics.

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