Atmocean is currently working towards final field trials in the fall of 2017. After finalizing its wave energy converter with five successful wave tank trials in 2016 and the beginning of 2017 at TEXAS A&M, Atmocean was able further simplify operations, lower component costs, and improve system durability.
In 2015, Atmocean was able to deploy two full size component systems off the southern coast of Peru. These tests accomplished and proved out the use of standard shipping methods, quick build out time with local labor, deployment using small boat operations, recovery, and functionality under winter storm conditions in which our system experienced wave heights over 4m. These demonstrations have allowed Atmocean to showcase its wave energy technology to local stakeholders in municipal water, agriculture, and mining, with increased interest noted both in Peru and Chile. We continue to work with partners in this region towards the realization of commercial systems.
Why Chile, Peru, Colombia:
- The west coast of Latin America is an ideal location for this first Atmocean project due to the steady waves which originate in the Antarctic and are carried towards South America’s western coast. With less seasonal variability, efficiency is higher and costs are lower.
- With the exceptionally dry coastal climate, forecast population growth, and shrinking of glaciers at the headwaters of the Andes, the entire region is experiencing water shortages that are set to become more severe. Atmocean aims to be a sustainable water solution for this region.
- The business climate in Latin America continues to improve, with many economies maintaining robust growth at ~5% per year with low inflation. The need for new sources of water and energy are accelerating.
- Atmocean began business in 2006 and has to date conducted 29 sea trials, been awarded seven grants from Sandia National Laboratories, the Oregon Wave Energy Trust, and UK’s Technology Strategy Board. Additionally, Atmocean has performed eight trials at wave tank testing facilities at both the University of Plymouth (UK) and TEXAS A&M. This R&D has allowed us to run the simulations, deploy the pilot tests, and generate the models to get us through the prototype stage. Atmocean received a grant from Los Alamos National Labs in 2016 to model the level of carbon sequestration that is feasible from bringing fresh water onshore in desert regions to grow produce. We call this potential game changer, “greening the deserts.” In addition to becoming a new sustainable agriculture solution, Atmocean is working with stakeholders in sustainable land based aquaculture. With over half of all seafood consumed originating from aquaculture, Atmocean aims to provide pressurized seawater to numerous land based aquaculture farms, further moving this practice towards clean energy independence. Most recently, Atmocean received a grant from Santa National Laboratories to run fluid dynamic simulations of our current system under real world conditions experienced along the west coast of Latin America with the study set for completion in September 2017.