Atmocean is a ocean wave energy company. Using wave action, Atmocean aims to provide solutions in both the generation of clean water and carbon sequestration. Our nearshore Wave Rider array pumps seawater to shore where it can go through our Zero electricity Reverse Osmosis desalination system (ZER/O) or be used in sustainable land based aquaculture or agriculture. OSCAR or Ocean Surface CArbon Relocation is a ocean pump designed to send carbon rich surface water into deeper water where it is sequestered for decades to centuries. Our mission is to provide affordable water, food, sustainable employment for coastal communities, and global solutions that can be implemented around the world.
We’ve come a long way since the company was incorporated by Phil Kithil in 2006. Initially, the idea was to use pumps that would take advantage of wave action and bring colder deep water towards the surface in an attempt to reduce the temperature of warm surface waters with the ultimate goal of reducing the strength of hurricanes, as described in this U-Tube video “Reducing hurricane intensity using arrays of Atmocean Inc.’s wave-driven upwelling pumps”. Although pilots proved successful, technical and economical feasibility proved a challenge. A measured side effect to these deep water pumps was bringing deep nutrient rich water from the dark to the nutrient poor, light exposed surface. The system was redesigned as an up-welling system to bring nutrient rich water up into the photosynthetic zone, thereby promoting algae growth. Although the pumps once again proved to work and function as designed and described in this U-Tube Video “CO2 Ocean Recycling Using Wave-Driven Ocean Pumps”, it has been difficult to market a product that provides benefits on a global scale with less localized monetary returns in the wake of the failed 2009 Copenhagen Climate Conference and inability of countries to realize a carbon trading program. Interesting enough, Atmocean continues to get inquiries for carbon sequestration and in late 2017, has opened a new feasibility study towards quantifying carbon sequestration and new methods towards its realization.
Waves into electricity and fresh water:
Realizing that countries, businesses, and people need to see tangible economic results under current economic circumstances, since 2010, Atmocean redesigned the ocean pumps to convert wave action into electricity and or fresh water, covered in “Episode 6” of the mini series 9.3 sponsored by Whole Foods. Benefits of this technology revolve around this invention’s simplicity in design and function. This translates to lower costs, local employment, and survivability of the system. Since the system acts on waves and seawater to send pressurized seawater to shore, there is no risk towards the environment that is often present when extracting energy from oil, nuclear, or natural gas. With recent gains from solar and wind, Atmocean is well suited for fresh water, sustainable land based aquaculture, and new land based agriculture.
Our common future:
We need solutions as a global community that take into account our current global energy and water needs, while not putting our environment at risk. Renewable wave energy will diversify our investment while promoting the local ecology in which the Atmocean system operates. In addition to solar and wind, Atmocean works to bring the world a third form of renewable energy towards securing fresh water and sustainable derived food production. With 70% of the world covered by water, Atmocean’s application of wave energy can be applied around the world, helping to solve many of the challenges we face today. Join us!
While wave energy in general maintains unique advantages when compared to alternative clean energy sources in terms of predictability and more consistent activity cycles, Atmocean has specific attributes that set it apart from other wave energy companies within the industry. These distinctive design aspects of our technology position Atmocean as the industry leader in ease of deployment, serviceability, and overall economics.
Like a blade of grass in the wind, Atmocean’s wave energy array and carbon sequestration system has been designed to operate simply within a very complex and punishing ocean environment. As Atmocean pumps seawater to shore, it allows us to keep more delicate components of the desalination processes on shore while simple pumps operate in the more difficult to access ocean environment.
Due to our modular approach, our system can be shipped in standard shipping containers. This small modular design allows for production at an industrial scale and central location, reduces on site operations and use of heavy machinery, and gains Atmocean the economy of scale while using proven means for transportation across road, rail, and sea. It also affords us the ability to meet individual community and or city needs as additional modules can be added to fit specific requirements.
1/3 commercial system loaded and shipped from Abq. NM, USA.
Finally, small size and simplicity means that while globally applicable, our system is also locally serviceable. The manageable size of the system allows for a quick roll-out using local artisanal fishing boats and barges. Since we use parts and materials that are widely available, refurbishment and maintenance can also be done locally. These design decisions allow local communities to take ownership of these low cost systems, thereby generating local employment and engagement, enabling the realization of renewable fresh water production along coastal areas from ocean waves.