Cyclotron Road's CalWave is ranked first in the U.S. Department of Energy Wave Energy Prize after Phase I of the competition and will advance as one of nine finalist teams and two alternates to Phase II.
The results are based on tank testing of a 1:50 scale prototype conducted in January at the University of Iowa. The next phase of the competition will involved testing a 1:20 scale device at the Carderock MASK basin facility in Maryland.
From the DOE press release "The nine finalists and two alternates, identified from the 17 remaining official qualified teams, will continue their quest to double the energy captured from ocean waves and win a prize purse totaling more than $2 million. Each of the finalists and alternates will now receive seed funding from DOE to develop 1/20th scale models of their wave energy converter (WEC) technologies. These models will be tested at the nation’s most advanced wave-making facility, the Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Maneuvering and Seakeeping (MASK) Basin at Carderock, Md., beginning in the summer of 2016."