On April 20, 2017, CalWave Power Technologies was awarded a voucher from the U.S. Department of Energy, Small Business Vouchers Pilot (SBV) to partner with Sandia National Laboratories to advance wave energy converter (WEC) technologies by broadening device controls beyond the power take-off system.
CalWave Power Technologies was selected in the third round of the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot initiative that facilitates access to US National Labs for American small businesses, enabling them to tap into the intellectual and technical resources they need to overcome critical technology challenges for their energy products.
“Our team is excited to work together with leading experts from Sandia National Laboratories that are continuously advancing the state of the art and industry. Leveraging the experience and knowledge of the Advanced WEC Dynamics and Controls program, we will develop and validate control strategies to increase power and reduce cost of WEC devices.
The goal for this collaboration is to apply Sandia’s expertise to the unique features of our technology. These innovations, validated by wave tank tests conducted at MASK as a finalist of the US Wave Energy Prize, enable our solution to operate at high performance while effectively surviving extreme conditions, which are key enabling requirements for the wave energy industry.”
– Thomas Boerner, Lead Controls Engineer
About the Small Business Vouchers Pilot
The U.S. Department of Energy Small Business Vouchers Pilot is a collaborative, national
effort that provides funding for U.S. companies to work with National Laboratories.
Vouchers range from $50-$300K and focus on nine clean energy technologies.