Can we solve future energy and freshwater crises with the Power of Ocean Waves?

Marcus Lehmann

UC Berkeley

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This project was funded on:
25 March 2014
- Wave Energy is a vast source of Renewable Energy, but is still underutilized.
- Our engineering team at UC Berkeley is developing a new Wave Energy Converter that is able to efficiently harvest this energy.
- With your support, we can continue our development towards a first pilot plant in the ocean and want to reward our Top 50 backers with special Thank-You-Packages (details at end of the page)!

Budget

Budget Overview

The budget will be used for:
1. Hydraulic Pumps - Two competing power take-off technologies will be tested separately: a) industrially available double acting reciprocating linear cylinder pumps, and b) large scale diaphragm type pumps.

2. Carpet Material - Carpet materials will be purchased from an industry partner and expert in elastomers.

3. Wave Gages - In order to evaluate the efficiency of the prototype under various sea states, the essential values that are to be determined experimentally are the wave height before and after the device and the generated flux. This will be measured with Wave Gages and a non invasive Electromagnetic Flowmeter.

4. Magnetic Flow Meter - For high accuracy real time measurement of the system's performance, a magnetic flux measurement instrument will be purchased.

Meet the Researcher

Background

Our team consists of Professor Reza Alam, Assistant professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering with years of experience in theoretical, computational and experimental fluid dynamics and his team of graduate and undergraduate students. Prof. Alam has years of industrial experience as the Chief Technology Officer, technical advisor and consultant to a number of wave energy companies.
The graduate researcher Marcus Lehmann, M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and CDTM alumnus, works full time on the development and progress of this project for his PhD.


Press

We're excited about the latest great news coverage of our project:

http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2014/01/28/seafloor...
http://phys.org/news/2014-01-seafloor-carpet-ener... http://phys.org/news/2014-01-seafloor-carpet-ener...
http://subseaworldnews.com/2014/01/30/usa-experts... http://subseaworldnews.com/2014/01/30/usa-experts... http://subseaworldnews.com/2014/01/30/usa-experts... http://subseaworldnews.com/2014/01/30/usa-experts... http://subseaworldnews.com/2014/01/30/usa-experts... http://subseaworldnews.com/2014/01/30/usa-experts... http://subseaworldnews.com/2014/01/30/usa-experts... http://subseaworldnews.com/2014/01/30/usa-experts... http://subseaworldnews.com/2014/01/30/usa-experts... http://subseaworldnews.com/2014/01/30/usa-experts....

As a special thank you to our Top 50 Backers will be rewared with the following five exclusive packages:

Top 50 Backers - Brass Package:
Voucher for campus tour of UC Berkeley and private lab tour with researchers

Top 25 Backers - Bronze Package:
Voucher for campus tour of UC Berkeley and private lab tour with researchers
Assist researchers during experiments

Top 10 Backers - Silver Package:
Voucher for campus tour of UC Berkeley and private lab tour with researchers
Assist researchers during experiments Special acknowledgement in next conference publication

Top 5 Backers - Gold Package:
Voucher for campus tour of UC Berkeley and private lab tour with researchers
Assist researchers during experiments
Special acknowledgement in next conference publication In grave your name to our next prototype

Top 1 Backer - Platinum Package:
Voucher for campus tour of UC Berkeley and private lab tour with researchers
Assist researchers during experiments
Special acknowledgement in next conference publication
Unique hand signed poster with detailed technical drawing and sketches of the next 3D prototype

Link:
http://taflab.berkeley.edu/
http://taflab.berkeley.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014...
http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2012/jun/...
http://faculty.washington.edu/emer/eic/Wave_Energy...

Project Backers

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