Triton-C Wave Energy Converter Design Development

  • Client:
    Oscilla Power, Inc
  • Completion Date:
    Summer 2021
  • Project Type:
    Offshore Structures
  • Service Categories:
    Naval Architecture
    Marine Engineering
    Shipyard Production Support
  • Vessel Overview:
    Community-scale wave energy converter
  • Challenge:
    Development of wave energy converter design concept.


The forces of wind, wave, and tide carry immense power which can be captured and delivered on a commercial scale. Energy technology company Oscilla Power, Inc (OPI) came up with a concept for a wave energy converter (WEC) called the Triton which would utilize the ocean’s kinetic wave energy to generate power. After receiving a grant to evolve their design to the community-scale level for installation and testing in Hawaii, OPI turned to Glosten to support development of the Triton-C from concept through construction.

Our team was tasked with integrating OPI’s proprietary design through a FEED (Front End Engineering Design) cycle. We borrowed from our experience with offshore structures, developing a float design, equipment arrangement, and installation procedures that considered the complicated interactions between competing design requirements and would make the Triton more efficient to operate and maintain.

Triton C Hawaii_Photo by OPI


At the community scale, space on the Triton-C comes at a premium. Our engineers custom designed an autonomous cooling system to fit inside the WEC and maintain operational temperatures for its mechanical systems in a wide range of environmental conditions. Glosten also optimized the Triton-C’s steel structure around system accessibility and weight constraints.

From the FEED cycle, Glosten developed a full design package for construction. The Triton-C was successfully relocated to Hawaii and is undergoing setup and testing activities at the Wave Energy Test Site in Kaneohe Bay where it will eventually be connected to the power grid to relay power to the island. Meanwhile, Glosten is also supporting OPI during the FEED and detail design phases of the Triton-C’s utility-scale successor the Triton. Our team designed the structure of the float and the cooling system for the equipment as well as an emergency feature that allows the uncrewed WEC to submerge below the surface in rough seas.

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  • Triton C Hawaii_Photo by OPI