The Foundation

Power Reef Foundation is a non-profit corporation and shall operate exclusively for scientific, educational and charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future Federal tax code.

Current Research

Power Reef aims to demonstrate the feasibility of producing macroalgae at an accelerated rate, on a cost effective industrial scale using open-water photo bioreactors. This innovation taps into tidal, wind and solar energy to create biofuels and food making Power Reef a carbon neutral resource; further supporting the region’s environmental health by sequestering carbon, increasing oxygen levels, and up-taking excess nutrients.

General Science:

We research the impact and production capacities of open ocean aquaculture, algae bloom management, and license new technologies to companies that have the capacity to commercialize these solutions. Licenses will be granted with limitations, and regulations.


We provide education by giving free lectures, and information about open ocean aquaculture, the impacts of human activities on the oceanic environment; in schools, libraries, and other public venues as well as utilizing social media channels and the Foundation’s website to provide facts, statistics, and other related data on causes, current efforts and solutions to solve these environmental problems. We also plan to provide a framework for sharing information and connecting organizations that can further the development of an environmentally responsible and sustainable food and biofuels industry.


Astrid Hsu has been technically trained in marine sciences. Additionally, her masters in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation enables her to understand how economics, policy, and entrepreneurship all play an active role in sustainability. 

Curt Schurgers received his Ph.D. from UCLA in integrated circuits and systems. Curt has worked on multiple underwater robotics projects and oversees the Prototyping Facility at UCSD.

Nicholas Bouck is large contributour to the concept development and business facilitation. He also spent 2 years researching the impact of Artificial light spectrums on photosynthesis.

Engineers for Exploration has a very experienced machine learning group and is excited to add this project to their list of conservation projects.