Federal Funding Awarded to Santa Barbara Clean Tech Firm

Dehlsen Associates will use funds to improve wave energy technology

(SANTA BARBARA) Today, Rep Lois Capps (CA-24) announced that Dehlsen Associates, LLC, of Santa Barbara, California has been awarded federal funding to support the design and operation of innovative wave energy technology.

Dehlsen Associates is currently developing a wave energy converter (WEC) comprised of multiple pods that use common components, allowing them to achieve economies of scale. In this project, the device will also be optimized to improve its survivability characteristics, which could significantly reduce the cost of energy derived from the WEC.

The U.S. Department of Energy awarded the funds as part of their efforts to harness the largely untapped renewable energy in waves, tidal, ocean, and river currents that could provide clean, affordable energy to homes and businesses across the country’s coastal regions. The improvements supported by this funding will help these devices last longer, cost less to maintain, and capture even more sustainable energy from the enormous potential of the nation’s oceans and rivers.

“I am so proud of the work being done on the Central Coast to lead the way in clean energy innovation,” Capps said. “This funding will be used to improve the efficiency of wave energy technology, which is a promising development as we continue to move to a future powered by a clean energy economy.”

“We are very pleased to have this support from DOE to improve the survivability of our Centipod wave energy converter,” said Alan McCall, Principal Investigator, Dehlsen Associates. “With the support of the federal government in recent years, we have progressed our wave energy converter technology significantly through the development of advanced controls. This new support not only brings the Dehlsen Associates wave energy converter closer to commercialization but also strengthens the growth of the Marine Hydrokinetic Energy industry as a whole.”

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