Columbia Power Technologies, Inc. Deploys its Direct Drive Wave Energy Buoy

Project Overview
Positive Impact: New technologies for wave energy production.
Columbia Power Technologies, Inc. is working to advance their wave energy buoy to commercial readiness.
Locations: Washington
Partners: Columbia Power Technologies, Inc.
EERE Investment: $2.9 million
Clean Energy Sector: Renewable electricity generationPDF

In preparation for a full-scale bay/ocean demonstration and with EERE support, Columbia Power Technologies, Inc. (CPT) deployed an intermediate-scale wave energy converter to demonstrate and validate its direct drive wave energy Buoy technology, which extracts energy from passing waves. The testing in Puget Sound is now complete, and data and design analyses are currently underway, as are substantial design modifications for CPT’s next-generation wave energy buoy. All of these activities are helping to advance the prototype to commercial readiness. CPT and other project participants contributed $2.9 million to this project.

The Water Power Program is committed to developing and deploying a portfolio of innovative technologies for clean, domestic power generation from resources such as hydropower, waves, and tides.

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