Construction started on full-scale Triton-C
Oscilla Power recently started construction of the Triton-C wave energy converter and have now completed the preliminary build of the system hull.
Seattle-based Snow & Company is the primary contractor for the construction of the Triton-C and work is being completed at their facility in Ballard. Detailed design for the Triton-C has been completed by respected naval architects Glosten, also located in Seattle, and who have been working closely with both Oscilla and Snow to ensure that the hull construction progressed smoothly. With the hull construction is substantially complete, work will start on the internal systems (‘drivetrains’) that will convert the wave-driven motion of the Triton-C into electricity that will be exported to shore. These drivetrains are a proprietary hydraulic/electrical design that enables high efficiency power conversion with high reliability. The drivetrains are currently under construction and are expected to be delivered to Snow for integration in Q2 2020.
The Triton-C is a 100kW community-scale wave energy system developed to provide power to remote communities and facilities. The system will be tested in Hawaii at the US Navy’s Marine Corps base towards the end of 2020. It is expected that the prototype Triton-C will be tested for a year in Hawaii before being bought back to Washington state where it will generate power commercially.