Harvest Wave Energy

Research Triangle Park, NC

Team Photo for Harvest Wave Energy

Date Accepted

Wed 01 Jul 2015

Combined Score

4.6 (Technology Gate 2}

Team Info

​Harvest Wave Energy - Team FLAPPER - will be led by Stewart Bible.

WEC Device Type

Combined OWSC and Heaving Device

Team Quote

We expect to make some waves in this competition. Our novel device has been under CFD development for some time and has been optimized to have a higher hydrodynamic power conversion efficiency than leading technologies.

Team Bios

Mr. Stewart Bible will lead our team and be the primary point of contact. Mr. Bible has over 15 years of experience in computational and experimental fluid dynamics testing and fluidic device optimization.


  • Harvest Wave Energy attends Frontiers Conference

    Posted on Thu 13 Oct 2016

    This article has been reproduced from the original post on Harvest Wave Energy’s Blog.

    Taking an unproven technology from the laboratory to commercialization is no small task. In order to survive you need to be agile, opportunistic and have plenty of help from your supporters. Our participation in the Department of Energy’s Wave Energy Prize competition has provided a number of monetary and non-monetary benefits that have been critical to our survival so far and for which we are eternally grateful. Foremost was the $125,000 in seed funding the DOE provided to each of the nine finalists in order to fund fabrication and testing of 1:20th scale wave energy prototypes. Of equal value to our technology’s development has been the wave tank testing and engineering support that the DOE has made available to participants of the competition. And we shouldn’t forget the contributions from our corporate partners, MathWorks, Autodesk and Resolved Analytics, who have provided reduced fee software and services as part of their missions to promote entrepreneurship and innovation.

    But perhaps the coolest perk of all is the opportunity offered to us last week to exhibit our wave energy technology at the upcoming White House Frontiers Conference. I encourage you to read more about the conference sponsored by President Obama here as it promises to be a very unique opportunity to see first hand a large number of exciting and innovative technologies attempting to solve the world’s greatest challenges. We share the administration’s belief in the potential of wave energy to provide clean, renewable electricity to communities and cities across the United States. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to share our work with other entrepreneurs and technology developers facing similar challenges and look forward to learning from them as well.

    We will be blogging, tweeting and possibly Periscoping from the conference and hope you tune in. Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter for the latest updates. And if you will be at the conference please come by our exhibit to learn more. Officials from the DOE’s Wind and Water power program will be there to answer questions about the DOE’s mission and vision as well.

  • Harvest Wave Energy attends OWET conference

    Posted on Thu 22 Sep 2016

    Harvest Wave Energy was honored to be part of the Wave Energy Showcase at the Oregon Wave Energy Trust annual meeting this week.

    Below is a picture of the Wave Energy Prize panel, with Harvest’s Stewart Bible shown alongside other Wave Energy Prize contestants.

  • Harvest Wave Energy gives thanks for support

    Posted on Fri 19 Aug 2016

    This article was originally published on the Harvest Wave Energy Blog.

    Over the past year our team has been hard at work on our entry into the US Department of Energy’s Wave Energy Prize competition. The prize was intended to be challenging and to push us to the limits of our capabilities. Our team, along with 8 others, has passed through a series of stage gate reviews including an original technical design package which has followed us through the competition and continues to evolve, a series of numerical model simulations and 1:50th scale modeling verification of those results, and recent preparation for 1:20th scale model testing to be completed at the Naval Surface Warfare Center’s MASK wave basin.

    Teams have worked closely with the DOE’s Wind and Water Power Technologies office and their subcontractors. This collaborative work has provided guidance to teams regarding concept feasibility, numerical modeling procedures, performance verification procedures, scale model best practices, and scale model test coordination. I would guess that between the bi-weekly conference calls, group presentations, and other communications we’ve had over 200 hours of direct collaboration thus far.

    Sounds time consuming, right? The long hours aren’t so much of a bear if you can step back and see a big, shiny pot-of-gold at the end of tunnel. For us, that pot-of-gold is the $2.25M in prize money and the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a nascent industry with immense potential. That’s a pretty cool motivator.

    But, my last week spent with the folks at the NSWC’s Carderock naval facility has me thinking about the hard work of those behind the scenes that have made the Wave Energy Prize a reality. Though optimizing a novel wave energy device in order to have a valid entry into the competition was a lot of work, planning, funding and launching a competition intended to provide breakthroughs in wave energy must have required 10X that effort. And while our initial technical design package pushed us to the limit, the review and judging of those document was also no easy task. And there were 63 teams which submitted packages! And though performing numerical model simulations and taking part in 1:50th scale modeling was challenging, exponentially more so was the development of a set of computation tools that enabled teams to do just that, and the preparation and coordination of 5 wave tank facilities across the nation that hosted teams in Stage 2 of the competition. And for all the work coordinating the 1:20th scale modeling, we should keep in mind that the WEPrize team has done all the same amount of collaboration with each of the other 8 teams. You are starting to get the picture I’m sure.

    Most impressively, these folks are doing so without the pot-of-gold at the end of tunnel. Largely behind the scenes, they aren’t hoping for wealth or fame as a result of their support of this competition and industry in general. They are, instead, motivated by professional devotion. Maybe they have a passion for what they do. Or maybe it is a personal commitment to their country or the social cause of renewable energy. Whatever it is, I’m all for it and have to take my hat off. If any of the developers participating in this challenge are able to achieve their aspirations it is only because of the hard work of the many selfless, talented individuals who have contributed behind the scenes. So, I just want to call attention to the work of a few here.

    Among many others; Jesse Roberts, Diana Bull, Kelly Ruehl, Vince Neary, Carlos Michelin, et al.. Their motto is accurate: “Enabling a successful water power industry”. They have produced a prolific number of publications in both technical and commercial topics related to wave energy over the past 5 years.
    Michael Lawson, Yi-Hsiang Yu, Nathan Tom, Jochem Weber, Al Levecchi, Daniel Laird, et al.. Same as the folks from Sandia; a tremendous amount of background work in market analysis, risk mitigation, research and development, and modeling tools. Most notably, the work performed in collaboration with Sandia on the WEC-SIM suite of computational modeling tools.

    Jose Zayas, Allison LaBonte, Darshawn Karwat, et al.. The champions of the water power industry in the US. They are responsible for implementation of the DOE’s commitment to developing and deploying a portfolio of innovative technologies for clean, domestic power generation from resources such as hydropower, waves, and tides.

    Wes Scharmen, Julie Zona, Phil Michael, et al.. The prime contractor to the DOE. Ricardo folks continue to do a spectacular job administering, guiding and judging the competition.

    David Newborn, Miguel Quintero, et al.. Right now this team is in the middle of eight straight weeks of twelve hour days in which they are certifying team’s 1:20th scale models and managing the wave tank testing of those models. They have done a top notch job making sure that all of the teams are prepared for final testing and have reliable methods of measuring power absorbed.

    Sandia National Laboratories, Water Program

    National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Water Power Research

    DOE, Wind and Water Power Program


    US Navy, Carderock Division

  • Harvest Wave Energy ships device and thanks partner

    Posted on Wed 20 Jul 2016

    The Wave Energy Prize final round build has been such an exciting challenge that it is bittersweet to say goodbye for a little while to our 1:20th prototype. Next stop, the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division. It is going to be a long month waiting for our chance to test.

    We can’t end without a big thank you to our corporate partner, Resolved Analytics, for all of the excellent CFD modeling support they have provided that has helped us optimize our WEC power capture.

  • Harvest Wave Energy tests 1/20 scale device at the University of Iowa to prepare for finals

    Posted on Thu 16 Jun 2016

    Recently, in final preparation for our participation in Wave Energy Prize final round model testing, we have performed a series of 1:20th scale model tests at the University of Iowa in order to make final adjustments to our Wave Energy Prize entry. We have posted a video of the deployment of our device on our blog you can find here: http://www.harvestwaveenergy.com/blog/wave-tank-testing

    University of Iowa Testing Facility
    University of Iowa Testing Facility

    Additionally we were asked to answer a few questions about our participation in the Wave Energy Prize; below are our responses:

    Why are you participating in the Prize?

    Our team is primarily motivated by the immense challenges of both engineering the world’s first cost-effective WEC system and commercialization of the technology. We are also motivated by what we see as the immense market opportunity that wave energy will address due to the shortcomings of existing renewable energy technologies related to the intermittent nature of solar and wind energies. We have recently published a video exploring the impact of solar intermittency on future renewable energy marketplace dynamics in California which you can find here:


    What do you think the role of government in driving innovation is?

    The term “driving” may be over-reaching as private enterprise is always going to have greater motivation to drive innovation than public policy makers due to risk profiles. But it’s well established that government has a key role to play in defining technical and commercial challenges that align with societal needs and for financially and technically supporting early-stage technology developers that are pursuing the most innovative concepts. This is the SBIR model and it’s benefits have been proven many times over.

    What has been the biggest challenge so far?

    Convincing ourselves that the technical and commercial challenges are not insurmountable has been key to maintaining the focus and effort level necessary to compete in the Wave Energy Prize. Technically, one of our biggest difficulties is that computational models are inadequate for assessing some of the more complex dynamics of WEC systems and so wave tank testing, with its high costs and effort required, is in some cases the only available method for discovery and validation.

    What is unique about your device?

    It is the first attempt at a deep-water, oscillating wave surge collector type device intended for grid-scale electricity production.

    What changes have you made in your device and approach over the course of the Prize?

    We’ve made so many significant changes that I’ve lost track. Those I can recall include limiting the number of degrees of freedom to improve reliability, transitioning from a fixed frame to a taut-moored design to reduce costs, and to sharing power conversion equipment between multiple energy collectors.

    What have you learned about WECs since participating in the Prize?

    Most importantly we have learned that the oscillating wave surge class of devices has the highest potential for techno-economic performance of all WEC classes.

    What are your plans if you win the Prize?

    Whether or not we win the Wave Energy Prize our plans for the future include a year long R&D process to further develop our conceptual designs to improve techno-economic performance prior to our first ocean-going pilot scale demonstration scheduled for 2018.

  • Harvest Wave Energy shares industry perspective

    Posted on Fri 13 May 2016

    The following was originally posted on the Harvest Wave Energy blog.

    In February of 1987 the New York Times published an article on the potential for electricity produced from ocean waves. Fast forward 30 years, and we have a more recent article by ABC musing, “Whatever happened to Wave Power?”. The easy scapegoat would be the unwillingness of public and private capital to take part in high risk endeavors. That position is dubious when you look at the following facts. US DOE funding of wave power research has totaled >$100M from 2008 - 2015. Available data indicates that cumulative European government funding was likely twice that amount during the same period. Other data points indicate that private capital funding of early stage research has easily surpassed public funding levels. So, with such a high level investment, why has the industry failed to progress?

    We believe that private enterprises involved in wave energy have, over and over, made the critical mistake of ignoring market risk. That is, as Eric Ries states in his book “The Lean Startup”, such companies have failed to ask and answer the question of whether or not a product should even be built in the first place. Let us explain.

    When launching new products, innovations or ventures, companies have a tendency to focus all their attention on technology risk. They barrel ahead, asking and resolving the important technological questions concerning “what is my innovation?”, “how can I build it?”, and “what resources will I need?” and then they set forth building it. At the end of the journey they finally get around to asking “How does my new product fill a market need?”. Unfortunately by now, so much time, energy, and resources have been plowed into the technical research and development process that companies experience an escalation of commitment to the new innovation and tend to brush over and sprint through the appropriate market research in order to bring it to market as fast as possible.

    Based on progressive results over the past decade, solar and wind energies are now considered the de facto standards of sustainable power production. Even conventional hydropower is finding it hard to find a seat at the table. Therefore, now more than ever, wave energy device developers need to begin by asking “Who is going to be willing to pay for this technology if I spend the time and effort to develop it?”. Without the answer we may be doomed to repeat the mistakes of those that have come before us. So what’s our answer?

    Stay tuned.

  • Harvest Wave Energy named semi-finalist in the VERGE Hawaii Accelerator Pitch competition

    Posted on Tue 12 Apr 2016

    Harvest Wave Energy is privileged to announce that we have been named a semi-finalist in the VERGE Hawaii Accelerator Pitch competition sponsored by the GreenBiz Group. This is a great opportunity for companies who wish to gain exposure to key business leaders, U.S. government officials, and investors in the areas of clean technology and sustainability.

    Help us get to the finals and raise awareness of the potential of wave energy by voting daily now through April 24th and sharing this message with your friends and colleagues. http://grn.bz/wUP

  • Team FLAPPER rebrands and is now Harvest Wave Energy

    Posted on Mon 21 Mar 2016

    Our team is currently in the midst of planning for the 1:20th scale model design, build and test program. We are very excited to be participating in the prize and honored to have been chosen as a finalist. We are confident that we’ll be able to meet all of the schedule requirements for the project and look forward to proving the efficiency of our technology through this ground breaking public competition.

    We have recently rebranded as Harvest Wave Energy and launched our website (www.harvestwaveenergy.com). We will soon be launching our Twitter and LinkedIn profiles as well. Our team will be participating in the Wave Energy Prize Showcase during Waterpower Week in Washington DC, April 25-27. Waterpower week combines the National Hydropower Association’s annual conference, the Marine Energy Technology Symposium and the International Marine Energy Conference under one roof so it is a great value. Please drop by and see us in at the Capital Hilton’s Senate room for a 1st person demonstration and description of our technology from our CEO.

  • Team FLAPPER focuses on business strategy

    Posted on Fri 12 Feb 2016

    While waiting for the judges decision on the finalists, our team has been hard at work on business strategy efforts. Our technology team is continually adapting our WEC conceptual design in-sync with our continued deeper understanding of the future market requirements for WECs gained through discussions with renewable energy industry thought leaders. In this regards, we strongly recommend to other WEC developers Dr. Weber’s recent publication “WEC Technology Readiness and Performance Matrix - finding the best research technology development trajectory” for its insight into how early-phase technology decisions play an over-sized role in future business results and guidance on what should drive those early-stage decisions. It can be found on Dr. Weber’s Research Gate page https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jochem_Weber/publications. Meanwhile, our intellectual property team is nearing completion on multiple patent applications, our marketing team will be launching our website soon, and our business development team is gaining traction in identifying opportunities for our first pilot project.

  • Team FLAPPER back to work

    Posted on Mon 18 Jan 2016

    Team FLAPPER finished up a much needed holiday break at the beginning of this month and is now back to work. We are sourcing equipment and materials for our 1/20 scale build in anticipation of making our way through the next technology gate of the WEP. We are also working hard to complete the WEP build plan and schedule fabrication. We are very excited and looking forward to hearing the judging results for this stage of the competition.

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