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US Energy Department announces $8 Million for marine energy research

Funding to be used to develop advanced components for wave, tidal and current energy systems.

The US Energy Department has announced $8 million in available funding to spur innovation in next-generation marine and hydrokinetic control and component technologies.Through this funding opportunity, the Energy Department plans to select up to five projects to improve the performance and reduce the technical risk of marine and hydrokinetic  technologies.1

Research and development supported by this funding will advance the following types of controls and components for use with marine and hydrokinetic systems under development for commercial application:

  • Advanced controls:  Selected projects will design, develop, and validate components capable of monitoring and controlling the interaction of the device with the water resource for increased power production and efficiency.
  • Crosscutting power take-off components:  Selected projects will design, develop, and validate components for the "power take-off" systems of a broad variety of marine and hydrokinetic  devices, reducing the costs of deployments and increasing efficiency and availability.  A power take-off is the marine and hydrokinetic  sub-system that includes the hardware needed to convert mechanical motion into electrical power.
  • Innovative structures:  Selected projects will design, develop, and validate advanced materials and structures for increased power production, availability, and greater manufacturability.
Learn more about this opportunity on the Water Power Program's Financial Opportunities Web page.
  1. In the United States, waves, tides, and ocean currents represent a largely untapped renewable energy resource that could provide clean, affordable energy to homes and businesses across the country's coastal regions. Advancements in MHK technologies will help these devices harness even more sustainable energy from marine environments.

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