CalWave provides a solution to harness the renewable power of ocean waves to produce electricity and freshwater. Our device is a novel Wave Energy Converter (WEC) called the WaveCarpet that is simple and scalable. Our innovative approach was inspired by the ability of a muddy seafloor to effectively absorb overpassing ocean waves within only a few wavelengths. The unique converter design uses a synthetic-seabed-carpet that has the ability to extract wave energy the same way. The WaveCarpet operates submerged, allowing it to survive stormy seas while causing no visual pollution or posing any collision danger.
The technology is based on research conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of California, Berkeley. CalWave is currently part of the Cyclotron Road program at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.