Selections were made across three topic areas. The first two address scientific and engineering challenges of generating power from dynamic, low-velocity and high-density waves and currents. The third area provides better information to limit the costs and time to permit projects.

Early stage device design research          

  • Oscilla Power, Inc of Seattle, Washington will showcase the effectiveness its wave energy converter through open-ocean scaled testing in partnership with the University of Maine.
  • Atargis Energy Corporation of Pueblo, Colorado will advance its wave energy converter through numerical simulations at the model scale.
  • Columbia Power Technologies, Inc of Charlottesville, Virginia will design and test a prototype low-power wave energy converter that reduces costs and provides a quickly deployable mobile power system for maritime sensors, monitoring, and communications equipment.
  • Littoral Power Systems, Inc of Fall River, Massachusetts will improve on its turbine design to increase power, reduce costs, and test a fully integrated sub-scale prototype that is ready for pilot site installation.
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa, of Honolulu, Hawaii will advance its wave energy converter concept and conduct testing in the open ocean.
  • North Carolina State University of Raleigh, North Carolina will develop integrated numerical models and open water experimental prototypes for an energy-harvesting ocean kite system.
  • Texas A&M University of College Station, Texas will develop and test a prototype of its surface-riding wave energy converter which will be ready for open-sea testing at the end of the project.
  • Florida Atlantic University of Boca Raton, Florida will develop and prototype a low-flow marine current turbine to provide partial power to recharge battery banks onboard an unmanned mobile at-sea recharge station for aerial drones and potentially other unmanned marine vehicles.

Controls and power take off design integration and testing

  • Portland State University of Portland, Oregon will present a newly-invented adjustable magnetic spring that allows for greater power adjustability and controllability.
  • CalWave Power Technologies, Inc of Berkeley, California will improve on its sub-scale prototype by incorporating a new control architecture to improve costs and efficiency.
  • AWS Ocean Energy Inc of Wilmington, Delaware will improve a prototype hydraulic/electrical system and demonstrate performance in a laboratory environment.

Dissemination of environmental data and analyses to facilitate the marine energy regulatory process

Kearns and West of San Francisco, California will build a marine and hydrokinetic energy environmental permitting toolkit that includes a spatial, regulatory, and document database of information. The project will address the complexities of permitting processes via a consolidation and dissemination of information needed for efficient permitting.