Grant Recipients

SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY, UCSD/TECHNOLOGY CAREER INSTITUTE, MIRA COSTA COLLEGE

Low-Power Wave Energy Converter

Ocean Motion Technologies, a start-up company founded by the University of California, San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography doctoral student, Jack Pan, has constructed a low-power wave energy converter. This modular mechanical system can convert kinetic energy from ocean waves to compressed air for power generation and energy storage—solving a space and cost problem that plagues other systems. In 2017, Ocean Motion joined Blue Tech Incubator, managed by The Maritime Alliance, to turn their idea into a product with plans to commercialize it within four different sectors: replacement market, scientific/maritime applications, aquaculture/permaculture, and defense.

In 2018, they moved their project and business team operations to the Technology Career Institute on the campus of MiraCosta College in Carlsbad, CA, in order to accelerate design and development. MiraCosta College has developed a close partnership with the San Diego Maritime Alliance to help promote Blue Tech jobs in the San Diego Region.

The Great Blue Challenge grant will be used to help further develop this innovative technology.