Calwave: Converting waves into electricity and clean water

A technology to convert ocean waves into electricity and freshwater

The Problem

The world needs more sources of renewable energy, outside of wind and solar. For decades, scientists have known about the potential of wave power since the early 1900s, but the technology was not yet in existence to make it possible. Wave power works because of the kinetic energy that is created when wind hits the waves surface. Wave energy is a very predictable and powerful resource; wave energy is more dense than other renewables, and yet, it remains underutilized.

The Solution

CalWave is developing a Wave Energy Converter (WEC) that absorbs wave motion and converts it into usable energy. Calwave is capable of operating at high efficiency while being semi-submerged underwater. This unique capability works in storm conditions and results in no visual pollution or collision danger at the surface.

Stage of Development

  • Early Stage
  • Established Prototype
  • Scaling
  • Other

Organization to Receive Funds


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