The White House Office of Science and Technology recently honored Harvest Wave Energy, an RTP-based renewable energy technology company, at the first White House Frontiers Conference held recently in Pittsburgh.

Harvest Wave was selected for their technology innovation in developing an entirely new approach to capturing energy from ocean waves that has promise to be another viable and more consistently available source of renewable energy.

They are currently participating as a finalist in the Department of Energy’s Wave Energy Prize which culminates by the end of they year, and were the only finalist invited to the event.

“We were totally surprised by the invitation and are proud to be recognized for being part of America’s renewable energy technology vision,” said Stewart Bible, CEO of Harvest Wave.

Co-hosted by President Obama, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, the conference was intended to imagine our Nation and the world in 50 years, and beyond. The list of other exhibitors included some of the world’s greatest research and technology teams working on space exploration, artificial intelligence, smart cities, precision medicine, and clean energy.

The purpose of the conference was to explore the innovations that will make the world healthier, more prosperous, more equitable, and more secure, and to spark conversation in five frontiers of innovation:

  • Advancing healthcare innovation and precision medicine;
  • Building smart and inclusive communities;
  • Harnessing the potential of artificial intelligence;
  • Accelerating the clean energy revolution; and
  • Fostering space exploration, including our journey to Mars

That wave energy was one of 24 invited exhibitors speaks to the fact that the wave energy industry is gaining traction as an emerging technology capable of meaningfully contributing to our Nation’s and the world’s clean energy challenges.

Harvest Wave took full advantage of the opportunity to spread the word about the potential of the world’s oceans to power the world’s homes and businesses. Their work continues to unlock all of these wonderful opportunities, and the progression of their technology over the last year and half creates great optimism for the future. 2017 promises to be another exciting year, full of continued technology development and front-end engineering of the first ocean going demonstration.