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Partnering with Colorado Springs’ Atargis Energy, EERE is supporting efforts to design and test wave energy conver­sion devices that can survive significant storms and deliver cost-competitive electricity—two issues that face wave energy conversion devices under development. Atargis is currently testing its Cycloidal Wave Energy Converter design at the Texas A&M Offshore Technology Research Center in College Station, Texas. The company hopes to demonstrate, on a kilowatt scale, the world’s first fully submerged wave energy converter system that will be capable of achieving a 70% overall wave-to-electric power conversion efficiency and a levelized energy cost below $0.14 per kilowatt hour.

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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Project Overview

Positive Impact

Resilient and cost-competitive wave energy conversion. Atargis working to demonstrate world's first fully submerged wave energy converter system with 70% efficiency and cost below $0.14 per kilowatt hour.

Locations

Colorado, Texas

Partners

Atargis Energy

EERE Investment

$400,000

Clean Energy Sector

Renewable electricity generation