About Pliant Energy Systems

Pliant Energy Systems has developed an extraordinary new engineering paradigm for harnessing the energy of flowing fluid, and for making fluid flow with as little energy as possible. All the technologies emerging from this paradigm concern blade-less interactions with fluid. For example, undulating surfaces instead of spinning propellers, and undulating surfaces instead of spinning turbines.

These technologies have direct applications in defense, marine propulsion, ocean exploration, renewable energy and water. Some applications are in very large markets with the potential to solve humanitarian and planetary problems not fully addressed by established technologies. These include creating electricity from streams and rivers and supplying clean water for drinking and irrigation in developing regions of the world.

In 2007 Pliant began building its current IP base of fifteen patents (and counting), know-how and closely-held trade secrets. Funding has streamed through Federal and State grants and Federal contracts. R&D has been executed through a program combining thousands of hours of numerical modeling with lab testing and prototype builds. The most notable build to date is Velox, the company’s agile swimming robot that can transition effortlessly from water to land, and travel over sand, snow and ice, funded in part by the United States Office of Naval Research.

Founder & CEO

Benjamin Pietro Filardo - design engineering and corporate affairs

Director of Science & Engineering

Daniel S. Zimmerman - science, hardware and software engineering



15 granted (9 US) and multiple pending


US Office of Naval Research (ONR)

US Department of Energy (DOE)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
US Department of Agriculture (USDA)
New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Empire State Development Division of Science, Technology & Innovation (NYSTAR)

Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE)



Office of Naval Research # N00014-16-C-3042

Office Office of Naval Research SBIR award # N00014-11M-0259

Office of Naval Research SBIR award #N00014-12C-0604

DOE SBIR award # DE-SC0019962

NSF SBIR award #1315383

USDA SBIR award # 2013-33610-20836

NYSERDA (PON 2022) award #23139

NYSERDA (PON 2569) award #30364



International Ocean Science and Technology Industry Association (IOSTIA)

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