Sandia will team on two of six recently announced projects to develop technologies for generating reliable and cost-effective electricity from U.S. water resources. One project will investigate the design of high-deflection turbine blades and the other aims to improve and optimize Oscilla Power, Inc.’s linear hybrid drivetrain technology. Both address technology development challenges for marine energy systems. Based on prior analysis of marine hydrokinetic resources, more than 10% of Pacific states’ electricity demand could be satisfied by developing a fraction of the wave energy available off the West Coast. Developing just one-sixth of the available wave energy in the five Pacific states could power more than 5 million homes and support roughly 33,000 jobs.
Through Sandia’s water power program, Sandia will specifically be involved with detailed laboratory 1/10th scale testing for the project “Advanced Linear Hybrid Power Take-Off for Wave Energy Conversion” led by Oscilla Power, Inc. (OPI) of Seattle, Washington. The second project, “Design of high-deflection turbine blades for marine energy applications” is led by Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) of Portland, Maine, teamed up with the University of New Hampshire, DoyleCFD, AeroCraft, and Sandia.
Announced last Friday by the Energy Department, in total, the six awardees will receive $6.7 million to develop innovative technologies which can generate reliable and cost-effective electricity from water resources in the US.