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.
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JULY 2019 &

OCT 2018

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.

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SEPTEMBER 2018

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).

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APRIL 2017

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.

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APRIL 2016

Oscilla Power awarded a $1.2M project from DoE WPTO to develop a survival strategy for the Triton.

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MARCH 2015

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.

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OCTOBER 2013

Oscilla Power moves head office to Seattle, WA

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JANUARY 2013

Alternative two-body concept developed with the Applied Physics Laboratory at University of Washington and demonstrated in Lake Washington.

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AUGUST 2011

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.

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OCTOBER 2009

Oscilla Power formed in Salt Lake City by founders Rahul Shendure and Balakrishnan Nair.

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JUNE 2020

Construction completed on the structure of both the hull and reaction ring for the Triton-C.

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JUNE 2018

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.

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JANUARY 2018

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. 

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SEPTEMBER 2016

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.

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JULY 2015

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.

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JULY 2014

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.

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SEPTEMBER 2013

First open-ocean testing completed at Isle of Shoals, NH. Two-body concept shown to have significant merit.

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SEPTEMBER 2010

First proof of concept demonstration at UC Berkeley for reverse magnetostriction as a power take out for wave energy converters.