CalWave Support FOA 1663

As a result of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 1663, Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology Development and Advancement, a team led by the California Wave Power Technologies, LLC (CWPT) that includes University of California Berkeley, Bardex Corporation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) was selected as one of the FOA award recipients. The main objective of the proposed project is to advance the technology readiness of the CWPT’s wave energy converter (WEC) device, by developing a scaled prototype and conducting an open water testing for an extended period (~ 9 months). During the open water testing, it is expected that the device will maintain an Average Climate Capture Width per Characteristic Capital Expenditure (ACE) target of at least 3m/M$, as has been demonstrated previously on a smaller scale device during the Wave Energy Prize competition. SNL will leverage their experience in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling and WEC testing to assist CalWave in device design, analysis and reporting.