Announcement: Funding Opportunity Announcement: DE-FOA-0001418 - Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Conversion and Environmental Monitoring Technology Advancement

Issue Date: 3/01/2016

Total Award Money: $22,000,000

FOA Objective: Support MHK R&D projects in the designing and testing of full-scale MHK systems that integrate advanced hardware and software technologies, as well as the development and innovation of technologies for monitoring the environmental impacts of MHK technologies.

Description: The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy expects to fund up to 10 projects that address technology development and demonstration, as well as market acceleration and deployment. Specifically, the funding opportunity will support projects that:

  • Integrate next-generation MHK hardware and software technologies into existing wave and current energy conversion systems and demonstrate improved systems in full-scale, open-water tests for a one-year period
  • Design, test, and validate environmental monitoring technologies that quantify the impacts of MHK systems in marine settings, such as acoustics, electromagnetic fields created by MHK devices and subsea cables, and interactions between these devices and marine animals.

EERE Selections: Energy Department Awards More Than $20 Million for Wave and Tidal Energy Projects

Funding Awardees: 

Next-Generation MHK Hardware and Software Technologies:

  • Dresser-Rand of Wellsville, New York
  • Ocean Renewable Power Company of Portland, Maine
  • Oscilla Power of Seattle, Washington

Reducing Environmental Monitoring Time and Costs:

  • BioSonics Inc. of Seattle, Washington
  • Florida Atlantic University of Boca Raton, Florida
  • Integral Consulting, Inc., of Santa Cruz, California
  • Integral Consulting, Inc., of Santa Cruz, California
  • University of Washington of Seattle, Washington
  • University of Washington of Seattle, Washington
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution of Woods Hole, Massachusetts


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Project Profile





Demonstration of an Advanced Multi-Mode Point Absorber for Wave Energy Conversion

Oscilla Power, Inc. is incorporating hydrodynamic, drivetrain, and controls improvements to their Triton-C WEC device to help quantify the value of installation, operations, and maintenance strategies on reducing the levelized cost of energy (LCOE).





Advanced TidGen® Power System

ORPC Maine, LLC is advancing the TidGen® Power System with hopes of reducing the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) and increasing the annual energy production (AEP).





Rapidly Deployable Acoustic Monitoring and Localization System Based on a Low-Cost Wave Buoy Platform

Integral Consulting Inc. is developing and testing a low-cost, easily deployable acoustic monitoring system capable of extended monitoring near marine energy devices to significantly improve upon traditional acoustic sensing technique.





A Rapid Approach to Evaluating Marine Energy Converter Sound

The University of Washington is conducting a project to improve the quality of acoustic information that can be collected around wave and current energy devices by developing an integrated drifting DAISY hydrophone system that reduces the costs and time of deployment and analyses.





Long-Range Target Detection and Classification System for Environmental Monitoring at Marine and Hydrokinetic Sites

BioSonics, Inc. will develop a reliable, cost-effective active acoustic monitoring system that can automatically detect targets at long ranges (200–300 meters), track target movement and provide a general classification.





A Combined Electric/Magnetic Field Instrument for Marine and Hydrokinetic Environmental Monitoring

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is measuring the direct and indirect effects of marine energy systems on the seafloor vector magnetic and electric fields with a resolution of 0.1 nanotesla and 0.1 volts per meter, respectively.





Standardized and Cost-Effective Benthic Habitat Mapping and Monitoring Tools for Marine and Hydrokinetic Environmental Assessments

Integral Consulting, Inc., along with its partners, is developing new seafloor imaging and sampling technologies and automated software tools to efficiently develop detailed and relevant maps of benthic habitats, which are the ocean floor and sediment zones.





3rd Generation Integrated Instrumentation: Enhancements to the Adaptable Monitoring Package

The University of Washington and its partners are working to improve upon the existing intelligent Adaptable Monitoring Package (iAMP) in order to enhance the ability to monitor marine organism interactions with marine energy devices.





Technical Performance and Cost Optimization of Unobtrusive Multi-Static Serial LiDAR Imager for Wide-Area Surveillance and Identification of Marine Life at Marine and Hydrokinetic Installations

Florida Atlantic University is developing and testing a light-detecting and ranging (LiDAR) monitoring system, the Unobtrusive Multi-Static Serial LiDAR Imager (UMSLI) to provide automated tracking and classification of animals near marine energy equipment, notify researchers when animals are present, and provide high-resolution imagery of their behavior to help evaluate marine organism response to marine energy technologies.





Technical Performance and Cost Optimization of Unobtrusive Multi-Static Serial LiDAR Imager for Wide-Area Surveillance and Identification of Marine Life at Marine and Hydrokinetic Installations

Oregon State University is developing the grid-connected Pacific Marine Energy Center South Energy Test Site (PMEC-SETS to evaluate utility-scale WEC) performance, environmental interactions, and survivability as well as support the development and deployment of innovative marine energy systems.