Cyclotron Road's CalWave project has advanced to the final 20 teams in the U.S. Department of Energy Wave Energy Prize. CalWave is developing a novel Wave Energy Converter (WEC) called the Wave Carpet that is simple, modular, and scalable. The Wave Carpet is capable of operating at high efficiency while being semi-submerged in the water column. This unique capability is survivable in storm conditions and results in no visual pollution or collision danger at the surface.
CalWave, led by project lead Marcus Lehman, was selected by a panel of experts from a pool of 92 applicants. For the next phase of the prize, teams will test a 1/50th scale wave energy converter in small wave tank tests before finalists are announced in March 2016. Teams are competing for more than $2 million in prize money. Read the press release.