Oceana Energy Company
Oceana Energy is a hardcore technology company that is all about bold thinking and innovation. We build marine turbines that generate electricity that people can afford. With our turbines, tidal energy developers can collect energy from Earth`s oceans and rivers, make a profit, and do it without the need for government subsidies. Instead of modifying atmospheric windmills to operate underwater, Oceana imagined a completely different architecture for collecting marine energy. To begin the design of our turbine, Oceana and U.S. Navy engineers modeled the shape of the outer surfaces of that architecture to collect the most energy from a given column of water. Once they achieved the optimum shape, they set about building the device using new materials and adjacent technologies. They tested prototypes until they had it: a unique, elegant, and robust marine turbine that will withstand harsh seas to generate affordable electricity for people all around the globe.
After designing a turbine specifically suited for the challenges of salt-laden marine environments, the work of Oceana engineers came to the attention of the US Navy's Naval Surface Warfare Center, resulting in a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with US Navy engineers that is now in its third three-year renewal.
The test device was then sent to the Tanana River south of Fairbanks for operational, power-generating sea trials to be overseen by the Alaska Energy Authority. During these trials, Oceana engineers worked with professional engineers and engineering students from the Hydrokinetic Research Center at the University of Alaska School of Engineering.