Renewables

Marine hydrokinetic renewable energy generation technologies like ocean current turbines and wave energy devices convert the kinetic energy from the flow, to competitively priced, base-load electric power generation. Team has leveraged its experience in ocean engineering and gas turbines to help develop marine hydrokinetic power generation systems. $10M+ dollar projects experience included developing award winning projects with team members from OEMs, small businesses, DOE, DOD, National Labs, Universities via fundraising, investment, OEM collaborative and intellectual property agreements, grants, due diligence, CRADAs, grants, etc.

Experience with design and testing of system and components such as drive-train for example eliminating gear boxes, power electronics, transformers and rare earth materials, passive load shedding depth adjusting strategies, power plant, structures, stability, control, power electronics, transformers, rare earth materials. Testing at Navy’s Carderock Tow Tank facility or Scripps Wave Tank Testing facility.


Advanced drive trains for wind turbines

Experience with innovative and patentable next generation drive train for wind turbine configuration isolating drive train from damaging non-torque loads while eliminating gearboxes, power electronics, transformers and rare earth materials.

Baseload Renewable Energy

Oceans Currents - Experience with designing and testing marine currents and turbine to convert the kinetic energy from the flow, to competitively priced, base-load electric power generation. The technology addressing steady marine currents and tidal currents, with system differences and specific arraying and deployment requirements for each. Marine current turbines are based on joining two mature discipline - ocean engineering and turbine design both with well developed technical expertise.

Wave Energy-Wave power is the transport of energy by wind waves, and the capture of that energy to do useful work — for example, electricity generation, water desalination, or the pumping of water (into reservoirs). A machine able to exploit wave power is generally known as a wave energy converter (WEC). Wave power is distinct from the diurnal flux of tidal power and the steady gyre of ocean currents

Solar

Concentrated solar thermal systems often use parabolic dish. Scheffler* configuration allows for stationary focus thus heat collector system and infrastructure is efficiently built and operated. Team worked with venture capital partner to develop a system and supply chain for manufacturing for the food-processing industry.

*Scheffler Dish: The focus-balanced dish configuration where the center of mass and focal point coincide requires the depth of the reflector dish to be greater than its focal length, so the focus is within the dish. This can lead to the focus being difficult to access. However, Wolfgang Scheffler invented an alternative; A paraboloidal mirror which is rotated about axes that pass through its center of mass, but this does not coincide with the focus, which is outside the dish. If the reflector is a rigid paraboloid, the focus moves as the dish turns. To avoid this, the reflector is flexible, and is bent as it rotates so as to keep the focus stationary. It is an effective solution for concentrated heat source.

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