Seatrec Wins Slot at NSIN Propel Hawai’i Accelerator

Seatrec Wins Slot at NSIN Propel Hawai’i Accelerator

Competitive program focused on fast-tracking next-generation applications for DoD modernization selects Seatrec to speed deployment of its infiniTE float that creates electricity from the ocean’s temperature differences


VISTA, Calif. – WEBWIRE – Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Seatrec, a renewable energy company that harvests energy from temperature differences in the environment, today announces its selection to the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) Propel Hawai’i Accelerator. The program is a partnership between the NSIN and Decisive Point in collaboration with the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet—the world’s largest fleet command encompassing 100 million square miles. The goal is to enable the development of next-generation applications of emerging dual-use technology for government and defense.

Seatrec was selected from a competitive field of over 200 early-stage companies and will join an elite cohort of 12 enterprises developing cutting-edge technologies to help the modernization needs of the US Navy and the broader DoD community. The program will help speed the development of Seatrec’s recently launched InfiniTE float - a first-of-its-kind modular platform featuring the ability to mix and match an expanded array of power-hungry sensors - for DoD-related applications.

“Providing clean, renewable energy to applications in the far-flung reaches of the Pacific remains a critical challenge for the research, government, and defense communities,” points out Yi Chao, Ph.D., the CEO and Founder of Seatrec. “Participating in the NSIN Propel Hawai’i Accelerator is an exciting opportunity to engage directly with end-users to better understand their challenges and quickly develop real-world solutions.”

Seatrec’s pioneering energy harvesting system harnesses temperature differences between the ocean’s various depths to drive the phase change of specific materials. These materials contract and expand creating pressure that’s captured and converted into electricity. The clean, virtually limitless power expands the reach and endurance of applications that often require shore-supplied power or direct ship support via tethering.

Participation in the three-month accelerator program provides cohort companies with an opportunity to build a foundation for doing business with the DoD, and work closely with the accelerator team to design pilots around the national security applications of their technology. Selected companies will also gain access to a robust network of private investors and commercial partners.

Selection to the NSIN Propel Hawai’i Accelerator follows on the heels of a notable year of partnerships for Seatrec. The Naval Postgraduate School recently partnered with Seatrec to study the ocean soundscape and chart the impact of noise pollution on Blue Whales by using a hydrophone-equipped InfiniTE™ float. Also, Seatrec and The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project signed an MOU to launch Project NEMO (Novel Echosounder to Map the Ocean) to map the gaps of the global seafloor in remote areas where it is too costly for ships to access.

About Seatrec
Seatrec designs and manufactures energy harvesting systems that generate electricity from naturally occurring temperature differences in ocean waters. This renewable energy can be used to power deep water oceanographic research equipment such as floats, gliders, and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), resulting in the most scalable, cost-effective deep ocean data collection possible. Incorporated in 2016 by CEO, Dr. Yi Chao, Seatrec’s technology originated at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, to provide clean power for remote off-grid locations. The company is headquartered in Vista, CA. Visit us at and @seatrecinc.

Media Contact
Sean Yokomizo
Seatrec, Inc.
+1 925.878.1200


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