US-based wave energy developer, Columbia Power Technologies (CPower), is recruiting for a Naval Architect to support the design and development of its StingRAY wave energy technology.
The responsibilities of the Naval Architect, who would work with CPower’s Research and Development team, include the cost-effective structural designs that must satisfy the seaworthiness requirements of CPower’s StingRAY WEC buoy.
The Naval Architect is expected to make material selections for components, considering requirements in a marine environment including survivability, initial capital cost, levelized cost of energy (LCOE), and corrosion resistance, as well as installation, operation and maintenance costs.
Balancing the lowest LCOE, while ensuring system survivability, is a critical aspect of the position, CPower said.
The successful candidate will prepare design documentation, design justifications, data, drawings, system descriptions and contribute to periodic reporting requirements as assigned.
CPower’s utility-scale StingRAY wave energy device is a hybrid design featuring the characteristics of both point absorber- and attenuator-type devices.
The StingRAY has a fiber-reinforced-plastic (FRP) hull and float structure and employs permanent-magnet generators within its power take-off. The systems developed are scalable and deployable in a wide range of applications, from powering oceanographic sensors to generating megawatt-scale electricity, according to CPower.
To remind, StingRAY WEC has been backed by certification body for renewable energy services DNV GL with the ‘Statement of Feasibility’ certificate.
The company plans to deploy StingRAY at the US Navy’s WETS, off Hawaii, this year for a minimum period of 12 months.