Marcus Lehmann

Entrepreneurship Expert


Using his extensive experience in product development and background in industry, Marcus leads a diverse team of engineers, business development specialists, advisers, and industry partners.

He holds a diploma in Mechanical Engineering and an honours degree in technology management from the Technical University of Munich. Marcus is member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, the Berkeley Entrepreneurs Association, and a fellow of the Reiner Lemoine-Foundation.

Marcus founded CalWave Power Technologies Inc. (CalWave) in 2015 and was awarded 1st place at the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative Innovation Expo in 2013 and 2014. CalWave has been covered by National Geographic, Reuters, MIT Technology Review, San Francisco Business Times, Berkeley Media, and was awarded Forbes 30 under 30 in 2015.

CalWave harnesses the renewable power of ocean waves to produce electricity and freshwater. The initial technology was inspired by the ability of muddy sea floors to absorb over-passing waves. For the US Wave Energy Prize challenge, CalWave advanced its Wave Energy Converter (WEC) to an offshore moored solution, allowing a wider range of applications. The high-performing WEC operates fully submerged, allowing it to survive stormy seas while causing no visual pollution.

In 2016, CalWave was awarded as the runner-up of the US Wave Energy Prize by exceeding the threshold to double the energy captured from ocean waves compared to the state of the art. Since then, CalWave received further support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and from the US Department of Energy (DOE) through the SBV programme. In 2017, CalWave received a multi-million-dollar grant from the DOE, with the goal to demonstrate CalWave’s solution in open water.

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