Columbia Power Technologies, Inc

Columbia Power Technologies, Inc

Columbia Power is the worldwide leader in direct-drive wave energy systems. Our patented system is scalable. It can be sized and deployed in a wide range of applications from powering oceanographic sensors to generating megawatt-scale electricity. We are commercializing a next-generation solution that will deliver the qualities that our customers need to develop profitable wave energy projects: survivability, a competitive cost of energy and a low environmental and stakeholder impact.

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4920A SW 3rd Street , Corvallis , Oregon 97333 USA
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Business Type:
Manufacturer
Industry Type:
Renewable Energy
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
2005

Columbia Power Technologies, Inc. was formed in 2005 by Greenlight Energy Resources, Inc. From the beginning, we’ve focused on delivering a floating, offshore solution that our customers want to buy; one that is survivable and cost-effective with the lowest environmental impact possible.

Columbia Power’s product development team is based in Corvallis, OR. The corporate office is located in Charlottesville, VA. Our team has over 125 years of successful management, operating and engineering experience in energy, early stage and Fortune 500 companies.

A key component of Columbia Power’s product development strategy is to partner with world-class engineering, design and manufacturing partners. This extended team of supply chain partners is second-to-none and, in their respective industries, represent some of the most experienced companies worldwide.

Survivable
We have one of the longest sea trials on record with demonstrated high availability and a strong capacity factor. Our system is designed for a long service life and to operate offshore in the widest range of sea conditions without shutting down in heavy seas or storms.

Survivable
We have one of the longest sea trials on record with demonstrated high availability and a strong capacity factor. Our system is designed for a long service life and to operate offshore in the widest range of sea conditions without shutting down in heavy seas or storms.

Low Impact
We are committed to commercializing a system with the lowest stakeholder and environmental impact possible. New advances, like our reduced-impact mooring system, demonstrate this commitment.

Clean, renewable energy is one of world’s top priorities. Not only can renewables reduce our dependence on carbon-based energy resources, they also help to insure our energy security and strengthen local economies.

Wave energy in particular is a highly desirable resource. Its practical worldwide potential is projected to be between 2 and 4 trillion kilowatt hours per year. The World Energy Council estimates that about 10% of worldwide electricity demand could be met by harvesting ocean energy, and the US Department of Energy has reported that the U.S. available wave energy resource has the potential to power over 100 million homes each year.

Offshore wave energy farms offer one of the best, new opportunities for clean, abundant, environmentally benign, and reliable utility-scale energy generation. Some of the attractive aspects of wave energy include:

Predictability

The supply of electricity from wave energy can be accurately forecast several days in advance. This allows utilities advance notice for sourcing plans to meet their short-term electricity scheduling needs.

Consistency

Ocean waves are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. An average coastline has around 4,000,000 waves a year coming ashore; all day and all night.

Proximity

Wave energy is produced close to coastal populations — 50% of the world’s population lives near an ocean — and does not require significant additional build out of transmission.

Demand Matched

While wave energy is variable and seasonal, it is greatest in the winter months, especially in the temperate zones, when electrical demand also is highest.

Power Density

Solar photovoltaics (PV) typically generate power on the order of a hundred watts per square meter and wind one thousand watts per square meter of swept area, but wave energy is typically in the range of several tens of thousands of watts per meter of wave front. This allows wave energy plants to produce power using smaller footprints.