Identified in 1865 by the Italian physicist E. Villari, reverse magnetostriction is a property of some ferromagnetic materials in which applied changes in strain result in changes in the material’s magnetic field. Research on magnetostriction over the past 50 years has focused on the creation of increasingly powerful alloys for small- scale sensors, actuators and transducers. Unfortunately, these alloys have been too expensive and rare to work for power generation at any material scale.
iMEC™ TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM
Founded in 2009, Oscilla Power has pioneered the development of mechanical and electromagnetic systems that allow cost-effective, highly scalable magnetostrictive alloys to produce significant quantities of energy in specific environments. Our patented iMEC technology platform converts mechanical energy into electrical energy in manner that is low-cost, scalable, flexible, predictable, robust and efficient.
We have demonstrated that low-cost magnetostrictive alloys can produce magnetic flux changes approaching the remnant magnetization of rare-earth permanent magnets with nothing other than the iMEC platform and mechanical load changes. Our technology and predictive models have been validated through extensive prototype testing and due diligence by leading energy and energy services companies.
The iMEC platform was originally developed to enable a breakthrough wave energy generator. Successful open ocean testing of ¼ scale generators took place in 2013, with testing of full-scale generators planned for 2018.
The technology has significant promise in oil and gas applications, and has been licensed to OPI Downhole Technologies for further development in this regard.
Thinking about a high-impact opportunity to turn high-load, low-displacement mechanical load changes into electricity? We would welcome the opportunity to speak with you.