Marine Energy Program

Project Name: Selections for Funding Opportunity: Marine Energy Foundational Research and Testing Infrastructure

Selectees: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Oregon State University, Tufts University, University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Maine, University of Washington, University of New Hampshire, Pacific Ocean Energy Trust, and IDOM Incorporated

Selectee Locations: Moss Landing, California; Corvallis, Oregon; Medford, Massachusetts; Fairbanks, Alaska; Champaign, Illinois; Orono, Maine; Seattle, Washington; Durham, New Hampshire; Portland, Oregon; and Minneapolis, Minnesota

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In December 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy announced 10 projects in four topic areas to receive funding under the Marine Energy Foundational Research and Testing Infrastructure funding opportunity. The projects collectively received approximately $22 million to advance foundational research, create an Atlantic Marine Energy Center, establish a new Foundational Research Network Facilitator, and build current energy technology testing infrastructure.

This funding will help the industry tackle complex scientific and technical challenges, move marine energy technologies toward commercial adoption, and help develop intellectual capital for U.S. technology leadership in ocean sciences and marine energy. The projects cover a range of marine energy topics including in-water device design, modeling, materials and manufacturing, grid integration, and efforts related to the Powering the Blue Economy initiative.

Marine Energy Projects