More than 90 teams enter U.S. DOE’s Wave Energy Prize program

Wave Energy Project

The U.S. Department of Energy has accepted 92 teams from industry and academia to compete in its Wave Energy Prize program that seeks to encourage the development of wave energy conversion devices.

The program, which was introduced in April by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy during the National Hydropower Association’s Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., is a design-build-test competition that supports the department’s goal of making marine hydrokinetic generation more competitive with traditional forms of production.

Teams will be competing for a total prize purse that totals more than $2 million.

“We’re extremely pleased with both the quantity of teams and the diversity of participants reflecting broad expertise from so many established companies in the ocean energy space, universities, and newcomers to the industry,” said Julie Zona, Wave Energy Prize administrator.

Since registration for the program closed June 30, teams are working on the first requirement for the prize — a technical submission describing their concepts, which is due later this month. A panel will then select up to 20 of the top teams by mid-August, with those groups invited to build a 1/50th scale model for small-tank testing.

The pool will be further culled by next March, and the remaining teams will receive seed money to build a 1/20th scale prototype that will undergo stank testing at the Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Maneuvering and Seakeeping (MASK) Basin in Carderock, Md., beginning that summer.

“The composition of the participating teams truly demonstrates one of the benefits of a prize challenge, which is to encourage the inclusion of new perspectives,” Zona said. “We’re very hopeful that the diverse backgrounds of these teams will help lead to the prize’s goal of achieving game-changing performance enhancements to wave energy technologies.”

Programs like the Wave Energy Prize are becoming increasingly popular, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Chief of Staff Cristin Dorgelo said, as federal agencies look for innovative ways of engaging private sector developers.

“By reaching beyond existing communities of interest, prize challenges source out-of-discipline perspectives that can yield outstanding and novel solutions,” Dorgelo said. “This effort brings new perspectives to the table with minimal risk.”

Teams participating in the opening round of the Wave Energy Prize competition include:

  • 40South Energy (Palo Alto, Calif.)
  • AdapWave (Baltimore, Md.)
  • Advanced Ocean Energy @ Virginia Tech (Hampton Roads, Va.)
  • AIMMER Marine Energy (Oakland, Calif.)
  • Alternative Energy Engineering Associates (Port Orchard, Wash.)
  • Aqua-Shift (Encinitas, Calif).
  • AquaHarmonics (Oakland, Calif.)
  • ATA Engineering (San Diego, Calif.)
  • Atargis Energy Corporation (Pueblo, Colo.)
  • Atlantic Wavepower Partnership (Newport, R.I.)
  • Atlas Ocean Systems (Houston, Texas)
  • AWECS Attenuator (Glen Burnie, Md.)
  • Brimes Energy (Holbrook, N.Y.)
  • Buoyant Energy (Cambridge, Mass.)
  • Cal Poly – Protean Wave Energy, Inc. (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
  • CalWave (Berkeley, Calif.)
  • Centipod (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
  • Crestwing (Denmark)
  • Earth By Design (Bend, Ore.)
  • eBuoy (Ayer, Mass.)
  • Energystics (Stony Brook, N.Y.)
  • Enorasy Labs (Bedford, Mass.)
  • EnSea, Inc. (San Francisco, Calif.)
  • ESI – Perpetuwave (Doral, Fla.)
  • Etymol Ocean Power (Winter Springs, Fla.)
  • Fetzer Wave (Palm Harbor, Fla.)
  • Float Inc. – BergerABAM (San Diego, Calif.)
  • GlobalOne Sciences (Dayton, Ohio)
  • Greenfield Technologies LLC (Addison, Ala.)
  • GyroGenTM (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
  • Healy’s Wave Energy Converter (Hollis, N.H.)
  • Hui Nalu (Honolulu, Hawaii)
  • Hydrokinetic Energy Solutions (Sunnyvale, Calif.)
  • Iowec (Cambridge, Mass.)
  • James F. Marino (San Diego, Calif.)
  • Jetty Joule (Colusa, Calif.)
  • KNSwing (Denmark)
  • Kozoriz-Franklin California Maglev, Inc. (Long Beach, Calif.)
  • KymoGen (Bristol, Conn.)
  • Leviathan Energy Waves (Stony Brook, N.Y.)
  • M3 Wave (Salem, Ore.)
  • MARUTHI POWER (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Mighty Waves Energy Team (Vienna, Va.)
  • Mocean Energy (Annapolis, Md.)
  • Neptune Wave Power, LLC (Dallas, Texas)
  • Next Gen (Sacramento, Calif.)
  • NM-AGGIE Waves (Las Cruces, N.M.)
  • Ocean Energy USA (Sacramento, Calif.)
  • Ocean Kinetics (Homer, Alaska)
  • Ocean Lab (Glendale, Calif.)
  • Ocean Motion International (Denver, Colo.)
  • Oscilla Power (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Ovsiankin Energy Group (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Poseidon’s Kite (Gambrills, Md.)
  • Principle Power (Berkeley, Calif.)
  • Protean Wave Technology Inc. (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
  • ReWEB Technology (Narragansett, R.I.)
  • Rohan Patel (Bensalem, Pa.)
  • Royal Wave (Paonia, Colo.)
  • RPPC (Denver, Colo.)
  • RTI-MIT Wave Power (York, Maine)
  • Rutgers Wave Power (Piscataway, N.J.)
  • SAi Orbit Wave Power (Daphne, Ala.)
  • Sea Potential (Bristol, R.I.)
  • SeaFoil (Redwood City, Calif.)
  • SeaGreen Technologies (Annapolis, Md.)
  • SeaStar Ocean (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • SEWEC (Redwood City, Calif).
  • Spindrift Energy (Simi Valley, Calif.)
  • Super Watt Wave Catcher Barge Team (Houston, Texas)
  • TAMU-OSSL (College Station, Texas)
  • Team FLAPPER (Research Triangle Park, N.C.)
  • Team Treadwater (Houston, Texas)
  • Thrustcycle Enterprises (Wilsonville, Ore.)
  • Undulational Harvester (Albany, Calif.)
  • Uniturbine Corporation (Lewes, Del.)
  • Vortex (Lenox, Mass.)
  • Wave Energy at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, Va.)
  • Wave Energy Conversion Corporation of America (WECCA) (North Bethesda, Md.)
  • Wave Forest Power (Benton, Ky.)
  • Wave Water Works (Northville, Mich.)
  • Wave Wheel (Gray, Maine)
  • Waveberg Development (San Diego, Calif.)
  • WaveFlex 1 (Baltimore, Md.)
  • WaveFlex 2 (Baltimore, Md.)
  • WaveFlo (Newburyport, Mass.)
  • Waves2Energy (Union, N.J.)
  • Waveswing America (Sacramento, Calif.)
  • Wavewatts (Aliso Viejo, Calif.)
  • Wavy Turbine (La Jolla, Calif.)
  • Wizards of Energy (Dania Beach, Fla.)
  • Worldwide Windfinder (Dallas, Texas)
Full profiles for each of the teams can be found on DOE’s Wave Energy Prize website.
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