Cost Competitive Wave Energy Without Moving Parts

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Commerce
Branch
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Amount:
$299,985.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
WC133R-10-CN-0220
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
10-51
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
8.1.5SG
Solicitation Number:
1
Small Business Information
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Balakrishnan Nair
Chief Technical Officer
(801) 897-1221
nair@oscillapower.com
Business Contact:
Rahul Shendure
CEO
(206) 999-5373
shendure@oscillapower.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Oscilla Power, Inc. (OPI) is developing a utility-scale wave energy harvester that is enabled by low cost and readily-available magnetostrictive alloys. T his device, which utilizes no moving parts, has the potential to deliver predictable quantities of electric power to coastal utilities, industrial users, and remote facilities at costs competitive with coal or gas. The Phase I project demonstrated that required electromagnetic performance could be obtained through optimization of the power-take-off unit configuration. In the Phase II project, OPI will optimize, design and build a sea-worthy prototype that can produce enough power to recharge batteries needed for buoy-based measurement systems. OPI and its sub-contractor, the University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory, will demonstrate this prototype in Pugent Sound. The project will demonstrate the commercial viability of the device and enable scale up to kilowatt-class systems in Phase III.

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