CalWave Power Technologies
CalWave Power Technologies


Berkeley, CA, USA


1 - 10 employees

CalWave is currently competing in the US Wave Energy Prize and achieved the highest score in the Technology Gate 2 out of 4 total gates. Details on U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that nine teams have been named finalists in the Wave Energy Prize—a 20-month design-build-test competition—and will proceed to the next phase of the competition.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.- See more at: provides a solution to harness the renewable power of ocean waves to produce electricity and freshwater. Our device is a novel Wave Energy Converter (WEC) called the WaveCarpet that is simple and scalable. Our innovative approach was inspired by the ability of a muddy seafloor to effectively absorb overpassing ocean waves within only a few wavelengths. The unique converter design uses a synthetic-seabed-carpet that has the ability to extract wave energy the same way. The WaveCarpet operates submerged, allowing it to survive stormy seas while causing no visual pollution or posing any collision danger.The technology is based on research conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of California, Berkeley. CalWave is currently part of the Cyclotron Road program at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.

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