August 7, 2016

Optimist: "The glass is half full!"  Pessimist: "The glass is half empty!" Engineer: "The glass is TWICE the size it needs to be!" 

Today the glass was more accurately sized. We walked into the conference room ten minutes early to find geotechnical, civil, structur...

August 4, 2016

I am a summer intern at LPS, having graduated this past spring with an engineering degree from Northeastern University.

Today, the LPS team met for a design review discussing the civil works end of a low-cost, low-head hydropower system. It was a great experience to see...

June 3, 2016

Littoral Power Systems is excited to welcome three summer interns! They will be doing engineering work and helping develop designs in conjunction with our technical partners, GZA GeoEnvironmental and Alden Labs, as they perform design work on LPS’s modular hydropower a...

April 2, 2016


The New England grid has a nameplate capacity of about 31 gigawatts (GW).  That's 31,000 megawatts.  About 15% of this is from facilities slated to go offline by the end of next year.  There is a mad dash to replace this missing capacity.  It is a big deal because nor...

March 8, 2016

We love everything about Alden Research Laboratory in Holden, MA.  It's drenched in the rich history of hydropower and fluid dynamics.  The company is, rightly, beloved in the Commonwealth and with any luck we will be able to reflect back some of the awesomeness and "c...

November 3, 2015

The permitting process may be backed by good intentions, but it needs wholesale revamping. It's never a bad idea to reach out to the pols to remind them.  Just keep in mind that it is a two-way street and you need to make them look good too.




September 17, 2015


Today we were pleased to find out that we received a $1.8 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop our design for low-head hydro equipment:

September 1, 2015

Eminent Australian yacht designer Ben Lexcen used to quip, ““If it didn't break, it was too heavy.  If it broke, we made it too light.” 


One of the major bugaboos to wave power is weather.  Most devices have to be able to withstand appalling conditions in sto...

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