FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We strive to address all questions regarding our solution with answers grounded in professional research and collaboration between Norwegian and international research institutions. We aim to develop our technology in a way that maintains the trust of the people and the local communities where we operate. We consider this as crucial in our work to contribute to a sustainable future in areas and communities exposed to hurricanes or typhoons.

If you can't find an answer to your question in the FAQ below, feel free to reach out through our contact form.

THE CONCEPT

Can you prevent hurricanes entirely?


A correctly dimensioned and designed bubble curtain system may prevent tropical cyclones from growing into devastating hurricanes or stop an already developed hurricane from increasing its strength as long as the storm/hurricane is heading into the well-mixed, downstream area of the bubble curtain system.




Can you provide an overall solution to mitigate hurricane damages?


When the criterion above is fulfilled, the hurricane will stop or reduce its growth, thus diminishing the damages.




Will the systems interrupt shipping pathways?


No, it is an underwater system not visible in the surface.




Will the systems withstand severe storms?


Yes, these systems will be completely submerged several tens of meters below the surface.




How do you make sure the system does not break?


It is fully dependent on the moorings and bottom anchors. Bubble curtain systems deployed in Norway have been in operation for more than 50 years without larger maintenance or replacements.




Will the systems impact sea life?


There is no expectation of any impact on the marine life. A scientific study on potential ecological impacts will be performed by an independent research organization prior to system deployment.




Will the CO2 footprint undo the positive effects of the hurricane prevention?


The CO2-footprint is mainly related to the power consumption of the compressors during the hurricane season (estimation is 20 days/year). The social cost of the CO2-footprint caused by the power consumption is expected to represent an insignificant fraction of the avoided costs of reducing the Sea-Surface Temperatures (SST) and thus the damage from hurricanes.




How has the concept changed since the feasibility study?


A deep-water field test performed in the Fall of 2019 confirmed the viability of the bubble curtain system for depths down to 50 meters. Additional testing is needed to confirm technology viability at depths of 150-200 meters.





THE TECHNOLOGY

Can you prevent hurricanes entirely?


A correctly dimensioned and designed bubble curtain system may prevent tropical cyclones from growing into devastating hurricanes or stop an already developed hurricane from increasing its strength as long as the storm/hurricane is heading into the well-mixed, downstream area of the bubble curtain system.




Can you provide an overall solution to mitigate hurricane damages?


When the criterion above is fulfilled, the hurricane will stop or reduce its growth, thus diminishing the damages.




Will the systems interrupt shipping pathways?


No, it is an underwater system not visible in the surface.




Will the systems withstand severe storms?


Yes, these systems will be completely submerged several tens of meters below the surface.




How do you make sure the system does not break?


It is fully dependent on the moorings and bottom anchors. Bubble curtain systems deployed in Norway have been in operation for more than 50 years without larger maintenance or replacements.




Will the systems impact sea life?


There is no expectation of any impact on the marine life. A scientific study on potential ecological impacts will be performed by an independent research organization prior to system deployment.




Will the CO2 footprint undo the positive effects of the hurricane prevention?


The CO2-footprint is mainly related to the power consumption of the compressors during the hurricane season (estimation is 20 days/year). The social cost of the CO2-footprint caused by the power consumption is expected to represent an insignificant fraction of the avoided costs of reducing the Sea-Surface Temperatures (SST) and thus the damage from hurricanes.




How has the concept changed since the feasibility study?


A deep-water field test performed in the Fall of 2019 confirmed the viability of the bubble curtain system for depths down to 50 meters. Additional testing is needed to confirm technology viability at depths of 150-200 meters.





THE OCEANTHERM ORGANIZATION

Can you prevent hurricanes entirely?


A correctly dimensioned and designed bubble curtain system may prevent tropical cyclones from growing into devastating hurricanes or stop an already developed hurricane from increasing its strength as long as the storm/hurricane is heading into the well-mixed, downstream area of the bubble curtain system.




Can you provide an overall solution to mitigate hurricane damages?


When the criterion above is fulfilled, the hurricane will stop or reduce its growth, thus diminishing the damages.




Will the systems interrupt shipping pathways?


No, it is an underwater system not visible in the surface.




Will the systems withstand severe storms?


Yes, these systems will be completely submerged several tens of meters below the surface.




How do you make sure the system does not break?


It is fully dependent on the moorings and bottom anchors. Bubble curtain systems deployed in Norway have been in operation for more than 50 years without larger maintenance or replacements.




Will the systems impact sea life?


There is no expectation of any impact on the marine life. A scientific study on potential ecological impacts will be performed by an independent research organization prior to system deployment.




Will the CO2 footprint undo the positive effects of the hurricane prevention?


The CO2-footprint is mainly related to the power consumption of the compressors during the hurricane season (estimation is 20 days/year). The social cost of the CO2-footprint caused by the power consumption is expected to represent an insignificant fraction of the avoided costs of reducing the Sea-Surface Temperatures (SST) and thus the damage from hurricanes.




How has the concept changed since the feasibility study?


A deep-water field test performed in the Fall of 2019 confirmed the viability of the bubble curtain system for depths down to 50 meters. Additional testing is needed to confirm technology viability at depths of 150-200 meters.





SUPPORT AND FUNDING

How are you financing the project?


We are financed with support from Innovation Norway and The Norwegian Research Council. In addition to our two founders Olav and Bjorn, we have a third shareholder with 15% equity, the Norwegian investor group MTI-Startup. Anyone can donate to support our mission and help us realize the next step! Any amount is highly appreciated! For transparency, we want to make it clear that we are currently made up of two for-profit entities: OceanTherm AS in Norway and OceanTherm Inc. Public Benefit Corporation in the US. We are also open for investments in our company. We are looking to raise between USD 1 million and USD 4 million to undertake R&D to prove our solution at scale, as well as provide documentation of social, environmental, and economic impacts. Please see our Investor Relations page for more information, or reach out to us through our contact form.




How can my company or organization help OceanTherm?


Thank you for wanting to join us on our journey! If you want to partner with us in any way, shape, or form, please reach out through our contact form. You can also donate to support our mission and help us realize the next step! Any amount is highly appreciated! For transparency, we want to make it clear that we are currently made up of two for-profit entities: OceanTherm AS in Norway and OceanTherm Inc. Public Benefit Corporation in the US.




How can I help OceanTherm as an individual?


Thank you for wanting to join the movement! Please reach out through our contact form and tell us a little bit about yourself and how you wish to contribute! You can also donate to support our mission and help us realize the next step! Any amount is highly appreciated! For transparency, we want to make it clear that we are currently made up of two for-profit entities: OceanTherm AS in Norway and OceanTherm Inc. Public Benefit Corporation in the US.




How can I help you raise awareness and/or raise funds?


Thank you for your interest in OceanTherm and for wanting to help reduce the damage from hurricanes. Feel free to share the OceanTherm mission through word of mouth or over social media with your network. You can also donate to support our mission and help us realize the next step! Any amount is highly appreciated! For transparency, we want to make it clear that we are currently made up of two for-profit entities: OceanTherm AS in Norway and OceanTherm Inc. Public Benefit Corporation in the US.




I have a boat/own a research vessel and want to help. What can I do?


We are happy to hear that you want to help! If you have a research vessel that you think could help us and be available to us in any of our research activities, please reach out through our contact form.




Can I raise funds for you?


Thank you for your interest in raising funds for us! Facebook has a fundraising tool that you can use as an individual. Be sure to check if there are any ongoing OceanTherm campaigns that you could link to. If you are a company and would like to raise funds for OceanTherm, please reach out through our contact form. You can share our page and invite anyone to donate to support our mission and help us realize the next step! Any amount is highly appreciated! For transparency, we want to make it clear that we are currently made up of two for-profit entities: OceanTherm AS in Norway and OceanTherm Inc. Public Benefit Corporation in the US.