Berkeley, CA

Team Photo for CalWave Power Technologies

Date Accepted
Mon 11 May 2015

Combined Score
6.4 (Technology Gate 2}

Team Info
The CalWave Power Technologies team will be led by Marcus Lehmann.

CalWave Power Technologies

WEC Device Type
CalWave Power Technologies is entering a submerged pressure differential device in the Wave Energy Prize.

Team Quote
Coastal areas are the major target for global migration and half of the US population lives within 50 miles of the coastlines. Wave Energy is a great complementary renewable resource to the other forms of renewable energy and our mission is to provide a solution to access this enormous amount of renewable energy.

Team Bios
Using his extensive experience in product development and background in industry, Marcus leads a diverse team of engineers, business development specialists, advisers, and industry partners around the CalWave project.

Team Members:

Thomas Boerner is a PhD candidate from the TU Hamburg-Harburg working together with the CalWave team at UC Berkeley. During his mechanical engineering studies at RWTH Aachen University, Thomas already worked with the CalWave team and wrote his Master’s thesis on PTO modeling of the CalWave WEC using a hybrid modeling framework. Next to his M.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering with focus on energy technologies, Thomas also holds an additional M.Sc. degree in business and economics.

Bryan Murray - B.Sc. Electrical Engineering - After undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering at Virginia Tech with a focus on naval systems, Bryan worked for two years with NOAA’s Coast Survey Development Lab to develop and test oceanographic sensor systems. He will contribute expertise in rugged electronic systems and experience in experimental marine operations.

Nigel Kojimoto, M.Sc. MIT - Nigel graduated this past spring with his Masters in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. He is focusing his efforts on the mechanical design of CalWave’s WEP submission

Prof. Alam, Theoretical & Applied Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley: Born in Yazd, a small historic city at the geographic center of Iran, Reza received his BSc in Mechanical Engineering and MSc in Applied Mechanics from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. He then joined the Mechanical Engineering program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. He received his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 2005, Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2008, and then served as a Postdoctoral associate (2008-2009) and Lecturer (2009-2011) at MIT. In July 2011 Reza joined the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, CA, as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Cyclotron Road: Cyclotron Road is a home for top entrepreneurial researchers to advance technologies until they can succeed beyond the research lab. Our purpose: support critical technology development and help identify the most suitable business models, partners, and financing mechanisms for long-term impact.

Advisers and Collaborators:

Prof. Evan Variano: Engineering Lab for Fluid Motion in the Environment (ELFME)

BMT Designers & Planners

Since 1953, BMT Designers & Planners has been providing vessel design, engineering, and consulting services to a wide range of government agencies and commercial customers. BMT offers solutions across numerous related marine industry specialties, including concept and detail design, program management, integrated logistics, environmental services, and shipyard support. The firm routinely works with vessel owners, operators, governments, shipyards, and technical specialists to deliver high-value tailored services that exceed customer and industry expectations.


RobotShop -

CalWave Power Technologies welcomes ANSYS as an official sponsor to support our team with full access to their leading engineering software and engineering support.

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Additionally, we want to welcome JKI as a sponsor and partner of CalWave Power Technologies. JKI’s world-renowned product development experts are specialized in helping companies build large-scale commercial, mission-critical applications primarily in LabVIEW.

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Coming out of research from UC Berkeley, CalWave Power Technologies is collaborating with the Theoretical and Applied Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (TAFLab) and the the LBNL Cyclotron Road Program.

Learn more about CalWave Power Technologies at their website:



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