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Because the Triton uses flexible tendons to connect the float to the submerged reaction ring, this allows the system to be installed quickly by readily available marine vessels. These self-deployment functions remove the need for specialized vessels or heavy lift equipment.


Changing the wave energy landscape


OPI’s Triton-C WEC, consisting of a surface float and vertically asymmetric heave-plate connected by multiple flexible tethers, operates in multiple modes (heave, pitch/roll, surge), allowing it to capture energy from waves efficiently across a wide range of ocean conditions. Hydraulic rotary drivetrains in the surface float are designed to very efficiently and reliably convert captured mechanical energy into electrical energy. Based on extensive numerical modeling and validated by 1:50 scale tank testing, Triton-C is projected to deliver significantly higher annual energy production (AEP) than conventional WECs of the same scale.

Triton-C’s performance and cost models, which have been externally validated through OPI’s engagement in the DOE’s Wave Energy Prize competition (where OPI was a leading finalist) and with Wave Energy Scotland (which funded scale-up of the drivetrain), indicate that Triton-C can achieve a levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) of under 15 ¢/kWh at energetic locations worldwide by 2030.

The Power Matrix

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Oscilla Power has focused on engineering a high-reliability drivetrain that enables mechanical to electrical power conversion with high efficiency and, uniquely in the wave energy space, low variability and high power-quality.


L x W x H (m):
10 7.7 3.3
Reaction ring size:
Output voltage:
To Suit
Rated wave condition:
Drivetrain Efficiency:

Rated power:
Estimated AEP:

125 MWh/year


Triton-C’s unique features have the potential to significantly increase energy capture relative to conventional WECs, while reducing operational and capital expenditures (OPEX & CAPEX, respectively). Its architecture lends to simplified installation procedures, allowing significant reductions in project costs, while a combination of multiple high reliability drivetrains and advanced control/load-shedding techniques will ensure maintenance activities are performed only when required, minimizing operational risk, downtime and costs. A full-scale demonstration unit will be installed at the Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) near Marine Corps Base Honolulu in 2023 to validate the system.

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Triton-C installation rendering

System installation rendering for HNEI site

power for remote and isolated communities

Unlike the MW-scale Triton, the Triton-C is intended to provide power to remote and isolated communities that currently have exceptionally high energy costs and uncertain energy security. The intent is that the Triton-C will be able to provide these communities with resilient, independent, and self-sufficient energy. It has been developed specifically with a self-deploying installation approach that allows the system to be deployed quickly, and simply with low cost vessels.

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