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CalWave Power Technologies: Unlocking the power of the ocean

CalWave's mission is to provide reliable, cost-effective ocean wave technologies for sustainable energy access.

CalWave designs and builds technology that harnesses the predictable and reliable energy of the ocean’s waves in order to secure a future powered by 100 percent renewables. With support from the US Department of Energy, we deployed our first ocean-going unit, the x1, offshore San Diego at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in September 2021. After a successful 10-month deployment that exceeded expectations, we recovered the unit in July 2022. We will use the lessons learned from this pilot system to scale the technology to 100 kW, and we will deploy this system at the new pre-permitted, grid-connected PacWave test site offshore central Oregon in 2024. In the long-term, we anticipate co-locating our systems with offshore wind farms to significantly increase the power produced and smooth out the power production profile of offshore sites without significantly increasing infrastructure costs.

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Marcus Lehmann

CEO
CalWave Power Technologies

Thomas Boerner

CTO
CalWave Power Technologies

Nigel Kojimoto

Lead Mechanical Design
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Larta introduced us to a critical mentor who has continued to support us for over seven years and made critical introductions to key hires and industry partners.

Marcus Lehmann

CEO
CalWave

Alumni News

April 20, 2022

One Size Does Not Fit All: Environmental Monitoring for Marine Energy

Marine energy devices come in all shapes and sizes and are used to harness the powerful movement of waves, tides, and river currents—even salinity and thermal gradients. Researchers have developed many innovative designs for capturing these valuable renewable resources, from tidal arrays that act like underwater wind farms, to massive bowls in the open ocean that capture overtopping waves and funnel them into electricity.

March 28, 2022

CalWave Launches California’s First Long-Term Wave Energy Project

In high school, Marcus Lehmann built a solar-powered race car. It wasn’t just a fun project. After hearing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change urgently call for more renewable energy, the young engineer decided to dedicate his career to thwarting climate change with new renewable energy solutions. The race car was just the beginning.

January 27, 202

US wave energy projects get funding boost as plans for open-water testing take shape

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced $25 million in funding for eight projects focused on wave energy technologies.

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