Current News About Atargis

Atargis Energy Corporation is the world leader in the design and development of cycloidal wave energy converters. Simple, modular in design and based on a strong physics background forged in more than a decade of basic research, our wave energy converters will produce megawatt-scale electric power at the lowest levelized cost of energy of any renewable (wave, tidal, wind or solar).

August
2012


Seeking power from the sea
August 06, 2012, San Antonio Express News


US trying to produce power from ocean waves
August 06, 2012, China Daily
Although ocean wave technology still has a long way to go, US scientists are now seeking ways to make ocean wave energy the nation's newest source of green power, local media reported on Sunday.


Scientists seek next wave in power generation
August 05, 2012, Houston Chronicle
Aerospace engineers are working to make ocean wave energy the nation's newest source of green power by applying the physics of wind turbines to the sea. Former U.S. Air Force Academy scientists took over Texas A&M University's wave tank recently to test the idea that if air can produce affordable electricity, so can ocean water. For decades, researchers have sought ways to turn the energy in ocean waves into electricity - economically and with minimal impact to marine environments. But as other forms of renewable energy have flourished, commercial power from ocean waves hasn't made it onto U.S. grids.

July
2012


Atargis Energy successfully converts ocean wave energy to electricity using a Cycloidal Wave Energy Converter
July 24, 2012, Atargis Energy Corporation Press Release
Atargis Energy Corporation recently completed a successful testing campaign at the Texas A&M Offshore Technology Research Center in College Station, TX. This testing campaign was designed to establish the performance of the Atargis proprietary Cycloidal Wave Energy Converter (CycWEC) in a large offshore wave basin facility at a 1:10 scale. One of the major achievements is the conversion of power in simulated deep ocean waves to electric power. The 1:10 scale model delivered 370 Watts of electric power from the incoming wave. This is the first electricity produced by any CycWEC.

March
2012


Riding the wave: Company seeks to harness power of the sea
February 05, 2012, Colorado Springs Gazette
Colorado Springs may be landlocked, but a local company could hold the key to unlocking the power of the sea — if it can navigate the tricky shoals that separate research from business. Atargis Energy Corporation, named after a mythical half-man, half-fish sea god, was founded two years ago to turn president and chief technology officer Stefan Siegel’s Air Force Academy research on wave energy into a workable product.


Aero Lab harnesses wave energy in research simulations
February 2, 2011, Air Force News.
Air Force Academy researchers recently harnessed more than 99 percent of the energy in a simulated ocean wave and are preparing to take their emerging technology to the next level. The energy research is part of a National Science Foundation-funded project to create the world's first free-floating, fully submerged wave energy converter that generates electrical power from deep ocean waves.

Academy’s wave energy research faces major test in 2011
June 18, 2010, Air Force News
If a U.S. Air Force Academy scientist's idea is proven correct, his research could tap into energy from ocean waves that could supply a large chunk of the world's electricity needs. A typical North Atlantic deep ocean wave is about 126 meters long and 3.5 meters tall, which could yield 100 kW per meter in the direction of the wave crest, according to Dr. Stefan G. Siegel's computer simulations. The idea of harnessing power from ocean waves isn't new. The problem is creating a system that can survive in the open ocean.


On the crest of wave energy
November 18, 2009, NSF News
The ocean is a potentially vast source of electric power, yet as engineers test new technologies for capturing it, the devices are plagued by battering storms, limited efficiency, and the need to be tethered to the seafloor. Now, a team of aerospace engineers is applying the principles that keep airplanes aloft to create a new wave-energy system that is durable, extremely efficient, and can be placed anywhere in the ocean, regardless of depth. While still in early design stages, computer and scale-model tests of the system suggest higher efficiencies than wind turbines.

Academy awarded $285,000 for wave energy research
August 20, 2008, Air Force News
The next source of alternative energy could come from ocean waves, and Air Force Academy professors have been granted funding to dive into this research. The National Science Foundation has awarded the Academy's Aeronautics Department $285,619 to support a cycloidal propeller wave energy converter research project to harness the ocean's power. The concept of ocean waves turning power-generating turbines is simple -- put propellers underwater, then let the motion of incoming and outgoing waves, along with tidal currents turn the propellers and turbines to crank out electricity.