Oscilla Power

Seattle, WA

Team Photo for Oscilla Power

Date Accepted

Thu 04 Jun 2015

Combined Score

6.2 (Technology Gate 2}

Team Info

The Oscilla Power team will be led by Tim Mundon.

“Oscilla Power is uniquely positioned to bring disruptive change to the marine energy industry” – a leading global utility with deep expertise in wave energy (2014)

Founded in 2009 by successful energy technology entrepreneurs, Oscilla Power, Inc. is developing its high-force, low-displacement energy conversion technology for use in two major market opportunities: utility-scale power from ocean waves and downhole power for oilfield and geothermal applications. Oscilla Power focus to date has been on the scale up of its core technology and demonstration of prototype systems in representative environments.

Oscilla Power’s team of mechanical, electrical and naval engineers operates out of a facility on Lake Union in Seattle, WA. Oscilla has been privileged to work with a number of leading experts on the development of its technology, including naval engineering consultancies Marine Innovation & Technology (inventors of Principle Power’s WindFloat®) and DNV GL (the world’s leading marine renewables consultancy). Oscilla Power has been granted 15 patents on in 4 countries, and has over 40 patents pending.

WEC Device Type

The Triton™ WEC is a two-body, multi-mode point absorber.

Team Quote

Despite its significant potential, the ocean will not contribute meaningfully to global energy supplies without a dramatic reduction in the capital and operating costs of ocean energy devices. Achieving such a reduction principally through learning curves, as was done in the wind industry, is not possible today given the financial, regulatory and market constraints faced by investors, governments and technology developers.

Oscilla Power was founded with the objective of achieving the required cost reduction through technical innovation, with a view that doing so could catalyze large-scale usage of a promising renewable energy resource that might otherwise go untapped. This philosophy is perfectly aligned with the goals and targeted impacts of the Wave Energy Prize.

Team Bios

Dr. Tim Mundon, Director of Marine Operations at Oscilla Power, has primary responsibility for the marine design of the Triton WEC. He has 15 years of experience working on the development of wave energy devices and a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, where he developed advanced control systems for wave energy devices. Subsequently, he spent 8 years working with HR Wallingford and Kleinschmidt developing, managing and executing physical model test programs for complex marine structures.

Dr. Balakrishnan Nair, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Oscilla Power, has over a decade of experience developing cleantech-related materials, devices, and systems. As the founding CEO of EmiSense, he led development of a novel ceramic emissions sensor for diesel engines through the company’s acquisition by Coorstek in 2008. Previously, Dr. Nair was a Principal Investigator at Ceramatec and a researcher at Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Nair has a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.Tech. in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology- Bombay. He has 12 approved and 26 pending patents.

Dr. Jennifer Vining, Senior Electrical Engineer at Oscilla Power, has over a decade of experience on the design and validation of novel electric machines. She joined Oscilla Power from Daimler North America, where she had oversight for the hybrid power train integration of Daimler’s SuperTruck program. Jennifer earned her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was a member of the prestigious Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium. During her graduate studies, she worked for Ocean Power Technologies, Kinetic Wave Power, Applied Research Labs, and IBM. Jennifer is actively involved in the IEEE Power Electronics and Industrial Applications Societies.

Rahul Shendure, co-founder and CEO of Oscilla Power, has spent his career commercializing game-changing technologies in the chemicals, electricity, fuels and transportation sectors. Prior to co-founding Oscilla Power, he was the Vice President of Product Marketing and first business hire at Amyris, a leading renewable products company. His previous experience includes product management leadership at Ballard Power Systems, and international engineering and operational assignments with a number of General Electric businesses. An active member of the Element 8 angel network and University of Washington Cleantech Advisory Board, Rahul earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from M.I.T. and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.


​Learn more about Oscilla Power at their website: http://www.oscillapower.com

  • Oscilla Power completes testing at Carderock

    Posted on Wed 21 Sep 2016

    Oscilla Power recently completed a successful two weeks at the Carderock MASK basin, where we tested the 1:20 scale Triton wave energy converter. We were pleased to complete the required competition waves by mid-week, leaving time for a number of additional tests using different configurations. The model’s power output was well matched to our numerical models and earlier testing.

    It was a privilege to have access to one of the best wave basins in the world, and the data and experience acquired will be invaluable on
    our path forward. None of this would have been possible without the professionalism of the Wave Energy Prize, Carderock, and Data Analyst teams and we are grateful for their efforts. We wish the remaining teams the best of luck and look forward to the Prize announcement in November.

  • Oscilla Power completes pre-testing and ships device to Carderock

    Posted on Wed 20 Jul 2016

    Oscilla Power has just returned from a productive week of tank testing at University of Maine’s W2 basin. Testing of the 1:20 scale Triton WEC went smoothly and power results showed good agreement with our numerical model predictions. Design improvements implemented between the 1:50 and 1:20 rounds of the competition proved fruitful in significantly boosting WEC’s wideband power capture. With a big thank you to the staff at the University of Maine, the 1:20 Triton model is now en route to the MASK basin, and we look forward to official testing in September.

    Video of the device in operation:

  • Oscilla Power completes 1:20 device and prepares for testing at the University of Maine

    Posted on Wed 22 Jun 2016

    Oscilla Power is in the final stages of constructing the 1:20 scale model of its Triton™ WEC. We are currently integrating PTO and instrumentation onto the fiberglass surface float hull, which arrived from Janicki Industries a couple of weeks ago. The foam mold for the heave plate arrived from Janicki today and we will be casting the concrete heave plate structure in it later this week. A trial cast of a heave plate ring section yielded successful results.

    Following the build and final instrumentation checks, the model will be shipped to the University of Maine, where we will perform pre-testing at the W2 wave basin in early July.

  • Oscilla Power begins construction of 1:20 scale model

    Posted on Mon 16 May 2016

    We enjoyed connecting with the other WEP finalists and presenting some of our ongoing work at the METS symposium in DC a few weeks ago. Thank you to the Wave Energy Prize and Carderock teams for arranging a tour of the very impressive MASK basin. We were able to assess the test area and laboratory space to ensure that our testing in September goes smoothly.

    Having worked with Einhorn Engineering on the detailed design of our 1:20 scale model, we have started construction on key elements and placed orders for long lead items. The model’s surface float hull is being manufactured by Janicki Industries, a leader in composite manufacturing. We are finalizing the geometry of the model’s heave plate and expect to start construction on it shortly. The damper units that will represent the PTO have arrived and are in the process of being characterized on a custom built test apparatus.

  • Oscilla Power featured by Bloomberg news

    Posted on Fri 15 Apr 2016

    We are working extremely hard on the detailed design of our 1:20 scale model. We have recently completed a final optimization of the system parameters, which we expect to provide a very significant performance boost over the 1:50 scale results. We are also pleased to now be working with Eindhorn Engineering on the final mechanical design of the model and plan to start construction activities shortly.

    Oscilla Power was very pleased to be recently featured by Bloomberg news. You can see this here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-12/this-device-could-provide-a-third-of-america-s-power

    Oscilla Power will present our work on numerical and physical modeling of the Triton WEC at the 2016 METS symposium next month. If you will be in DC, please stop by our booth and say hello.

  • Oscilla Power will head back to Maine to test 1:20 scale device

    Posted on Tue 22 Mar 2016

    Oscilla Power is extremely proud and excited to be selected as one of the Wave Energy Prize finalists.

    We are currently using our validated numerical model to continue hydrodynamic optimization of the surface float and heave plate. The first purchase orders have been placed for components that will allow us to characterize the much larger representative PTO’s on the 1:20 scale model. Finally, we have signed a contract to perform pre-testing of our 1:20 device at the W2 wave basin in July, and we are looking forward to working with the UMaine team again.

    Oscilla Power will present our work on numerical and physical modeling of the Triton WEC at the 2016 METS symposium next month. If you will be in DC, please stop by our booth and say hello.

  • Oscilla Power works on optimization of WEC device

    Posted on Fri 12 Feb 2016

    Oscilla Power submitted its 1:20 build plan successfully at the end of January, and since then, we have continued to work on system optimization. We have identified specific improvements that should significantly enhance wideband power capture of the Triton WEC and there appears to be room for even further improvement, giving us a good shot at exceeding WEP’s ACE threshold in the 1:20 scale tests.

    Tim Mundon and Rahul Shendure will be at ICOE 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland later this month where Tim will be presenting recent research results on Triton’s asymmetric heave plate. If you will be in Edinburgh, please drop by the Oregon Wave Energy Trust booth and say hello.

    Finally, we wanted to share a video that was taken during the 1:50 scale testing. While were running some additional tests, a glitch with the wave generators resulted in generation of a ‘rogue wave’ equivalent to a height of about 40m. The Triton model rode the wave without any problems and we were able to continue testing.


  • Oscilla Power completes testing at Maine facility

    Posted on Fri 15 Jan 2016

    In January, Oscilla Power completed 1:50 model testing at the University of Maine. Real-time results suggested that we achieved excellent agreement with our numerical model and earlier tank testing. Staff at the University of Maine were extremely helpful during the testing, enabling everything to go very smoothly. Once the official testing was complete, we were able to spend extra time investigating alternate system configurations that will provide increased power capture at longer periods.

    Video of device in operation: https://youtu.be/WoWlamkwmN0

    We are currently completing the 1:20 model build plan for submission at the end of the month.

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