OUR DEVELOPMENT STORY
Oscilla Power has continued to follow a progressive stage-gated approach to technology development. Some of the key milestones over our history are shown here.
JULY 2019 &
7/19: Oscilla Power awarded a $4.3M project from the US Department of Energy to complete a 1:6 scale ocean demonstration of the utility-scale Triton. This project will validate the survival strategy and power performance.
10/18: Oscilla Power awarded a $1.2M project to further develop our proprietary hydrostatic hydraulic drivetrain.
Successful demonstration of a submerging survival strategy for the Triton in 1:30 model tests at Oregon State University Hinsdale Laboratory. Strategy allows Triton to continue to survive and generate power up to 1:50 year return period for Oregon Coast (10m Hs/ 15s Tp).
Oscilla Power awarded $9.7M project from DoE WPTO to develop a variant of the Triton for remote and isolated communities: the 100 kW Triton-C.
Oscilla Power awarded a $1.2M project from DoE WPTO to develop a survival strategy for the Triton.
Three tendon ‘Triton’ architecture successfully tested at 1:60 scale at HR Wallingford laboratory in the UK. Asymmetric, ring-shaped reaction structure tested and proven to provide important power increases.
Oscilla Power moves head office to Seattle, WA
Alternative two-body concept developed with the Applied Physics Laboratory at University of Washington and demonstrated in Lake Washington.
Oscilla awarded phase II DoE SBIR to explore reverse magnetostriction for active wave energy converter. Project involved tank testing at Ohmsett to evaluate a fixed foundation approach.
Oscilla Power formed in Salt Lake City by founders Rahul Shendure and Balakrishnan Nair.
Construction completed on the structure of both the hull and reaction ring for the Triton-C.
Oscilla successfully completes 1:10 scale testing of the Triton-C at EC Nantes, FR as part of an EU MARINET grant to establish design loads.
As part of a Wave Energy Scotland research award on PTO development, Oscilla identified an advanced hydraulic approach. Improved drivetrain constructed at 1:20 scale and independently validated by EMEC to provide increased performance over our original magnetostrictive approach.
Further optimization work was completed for the Finals of the Wave Energy Prize competition. A 1:20 scale model was independently tested by the US Department of Energy and shown to exceed the current state of the art by more than three times.
Oscilla Power enters the US Department of Energy Wave Energy Prize with the Triton WEC. This system demonstrated an optimized hull geometry. 1:50 scale model constructed and tested at the University of Maine. Oscilla placed 2nd overall after the first round of testing.
First exploratory work on asymmetric reaction structure and self-deploying installation strategy. Highly successful test of a 3.3 m prototype in Lake Washington, WA and also at Isle of Shoals, NH.
First open-ocean testing completed at Isle of Shoals, NH. Two-body concept shown to have significant merit.
First proof of concept demonstration at UC Berkeley for reverse magnetostriction as a power take out for wave energy converters.