Nautical Torque Technology to harness Tide energy via lifting force of large vessels

We received a couple of submissions from Galen Maloney, VP of  Nautical Torque Technology

Their website: describes the technology as follows:

Nautical Torque Technology is a clean-tech start-up company based out of San Francisco, California with a workshop in San Rafael, CA. Our patented process takes advantage of the energy potential in large particles of slow moving mass (LPSMs) by coupling the vertical force of tidal movement with the weight of the LPSM.  Our process utilizes the lifting capacity of water rather than the actual force of the water as in tidal and wave power.  Every day, LPSMs, in the form of ships, barges and tankers move up and down with the incoming and outgoing tide. Inventor and founder, Cahill Maloney, developed the concept over 10 years and has teamed up with various mechanical engineers and designers, to construct the initial proofs of concepts and working models.

Here’s a video of a crude prototype they demonstrated at the 2012 Cleantech Open
June 21, 2012

Here is the submission Galen sent vie our submit page.

Energy_Title:                    Nautical Torque Technology
name:                            Galen Maloney
phone:                           415 756 4478
relationship_to_listing:         principal
Date:                            Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Time:                            07:44:34 PM -0500


Generating electricity from the up and down movement of large particles of slow moving mass such as ships and vessels.


Rather than use the horizontal force of water as in hydro, tidal and some wave power, we utilize the lifting capacity of water instead.  As the saying goes, the rising tide lifts all boats.  Large ships and vessels are the input source, and rise and fall with the incoming and outgoing tide.  We attach them to our gearing system and equipment, which we locate on stationary platforms, piers and docks. The movement of the vessels creates torque, and continuous rotational movement, which we turn into electrical production.  The equipment is neither submerged nor offshore, which greatly reduces development costs.

We have constructed a proof of concept, and from testing this device, we estimate that a 20,000ton container ship (the average size of a container ship) could generate up to 20Mw/hour of electricity, with cost of development under $40 million.

Addressing the problems of intermittency, scalability and proximity to population centers (existing port and harbors are generally near population centers) means that this technology can become a viable and affordable alternative to nuclear and fossil fuel power generation.

Although we are in the early stages of development, and are currently fundraising for our first small scale simulated prototype, we have enough validation from our proof of concept to start spreading the word about this exciting development and innovative approach to electricity generation.

They also sent the following email to my NEST associate, Ray Jennings:

From: Galen Maloney <>
Date: February 27, 2013, 6:56:57 PM EST
Subject: Innovative Lunar Energy for NEST crowdfunding

Hello Ray,

I’ve attached the following press release and link to our indiegogo campaign.  We would like to be considered for NEST’s new crowdfunding site when it is up and running.  We would also appreciate any coverage that PESWiki can offer as we seek to spread the word far and wide for what could be a game changing technology.  Giving society a way to transition away from fossil and nuclear based power generation is definitely positive news.

Galen Maloney,
VP, Nautical Torque Technology
415 756 4478



Indiegogo campaign seeks to fund lunar energy program, the first viable renewable alternative to nuclear and fossil fuel generation


SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., February 27, 2013—Nautical Torque Technology, a designer and manufacturer of innovative mechanical equipment and processes to produce continuous renewable electricity, today launched its Indiegogo campaign to construct the company’s first landlocked prototype.

Nautical Torque uses mass in the form of large ships and vessels that rise and fall with the incoming and outgoing tide.  Tides depend on the moon, and are predictable and consistent, allowing Nautical Torque’s patented gearing technology to provide continuous 24hour power.

“Nautical Torque utilizes the lifting and lowering of water to capture the kinetic energy from the slow moving mass that rises and falls with the incoming and outgoing tide,” said Galen Maloney, Vice President and Co-founder, Nautical Torque Technology. “Our equipment and facilities can be securely located and protected on a dock rather than underwater or offshore, which results in significantly lower development, maintenance and transmission costs than other wave and tidal technologies on the market.”

Nautical Torque’s continuous power solution represents the first viable baseload renewable that will allow society to begin to abandon harmful nuclear and fossil fuel power generation.

Beginning today, February 27th, and running through mid-April, Nautical Torque will be featured on the Indiegogo international crowdfunding platform to raise money to for the company’s first prototype.

“We see 2013 as an important year for clean energy solutions not only for the health of our planet, but for decision making around critical issues such as the Keystone Pipeline,” added Maloney. “From our proof of concept, we know that one 20,000-ton container ship can generate 20-megawatts an hour of electricity. Fully scaled, the ongoing movement of 20 to 30 ships can generate as much as a nuclear power plant—and that can provide half of San Francisco’s power needs.” Fully scaled, the cost per megawatt can be as low as $150.

Nautical Torque Technology, founded by Cahill Maloney in 2008, was a semifinalist in the Clean Tech Open 2012, the Academy Awards of Cleantech. Maloney (BIO) is son of David Pearlman, also known as Poppa Neutrino, a man the New York Times called “an itinerant philosopher, adventurer and environmentalist.”

For more information,  visit .  Additional company information can be found at .
Contact: Galen Maloney, Vice President Nautical Torque Technology/ 415 756 4478 /