Bodkin Design Develops Prototype Energy-Harvesting Ocean Wave Power Generator
HEADLINE: Bodkin Design Develops Prototype Energy-Harvesting Ocean Wave Power Generator
Bodkin Design & Engineering (BD&E) has been awarded a Phase I SBIR contract from the Navy to develop a prototype wave harvesting system capable of generating power from ocean energy found in coastal waters. The fully submerged, robust, self-contained design is anti-fouling and ideally suited for surf zone operation where extreme environmental conditions could damage systems that rely on deployed arms, floats or fragile mechanics.
A prototype unit was constructed and tested at our Newton facility and was found to have a powerconversion efficiency between 34% and 50%. This covert system is designed to be alternative powersource for submerged sensors and systems. In addition to its military uses, this submerged system canfind application to commercial moorings and on pleasure boats.
This six month project is funded by the Small Business Innovation Research program (SBIR), a program established by the Small Business Administration Office to ensure that the nation’s small, high-tech, innovative businesses are a significant part of the federal government’s research and development efforts.
About Bodkin Design & Engineering
Bodkin Design and Engineering, LLC has been providing concept development, prototype design/build,and engineering services to commercial, military, and research communities since 1992. Headquartered in Newton, Massachusetts, BD&E holds contracts with the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Department of Homeland Security, National Aeronautic and Space Agency, and the Missile Defense Agency. In addition, BD&E has overseen the successful introduction of products ranging from miniature infrared cameras and spectrometers to heavy equipment for railroad yards. To learn more, visit the website at www.bodkindesign.com.