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Announcement

Undersecretary of Energy Menezes Announces $23 Million in New Funding to Advance Marine Energy Technologies

Selection Date: 1/8/2019

FOA Objective

To reduce capital costs and shorten deployment timelines of marine energy devices by funding research and evaluation of next-generation wave and tidal/current systems; support early-stage design of power take off (PTO) and controls integration; and allow for more efficient consideration of any potential environmental impacts from marine renewable energy development.

EERE Selections

U.S. Department of Energy Awards $25 Million for Next-Generation Marine Energy Research Projects

Funding Awardee

DOE selected $25 million in research projects for next-generation marine energy devices. Funded by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Water Power Technologies Office, these 12 innovative projects will reduce capital costs and accelerate the innovation cycle by testing new concepts. Marine energy includes ocean wave power, tidal, and river/ocean current devices that convert movement of water into electricity. 

Selections were made across three topic areas, outlined below. The first two aim to address fundamental scientific and engineering challenges of generating power from dynamic, low-velocity and high-density waves and currents. The third topic area is targeted to provide better information to reduce the costs and time to permit projects.

Early Stage Device Design Research

Awardee CID

Date

DOE Award

Cost Share

Project Profile

 

1/8/2019

 

 

Oscilla Power, Inc of Seattle, Washington will demonstrate the effectiveness its wave energy converter through open-ocean scaled testing in partnership with the University of Maine.

 

1/8/2019

 

 

Atargis Energy Corporation of Pueblo, Colorado will advance its wave energy converter through numerical simulations at the model scale, as well as 1:20 scale wave tank tests.

 

1/8/2019

 

 

Columbia Power Technologies, Inc of Charlottesville, Virginia will design and test a prototype low-power wave energy converter that reduces costs and provides a quickly deployable mobile power system for maritime sensors, monitoring, and communications equipment.

 

1/8/2019

 

 

Littoral Power Systems, Inc of Fall River, Massachusetts will improve on its turbine design to increase power, reduce costs, and test a fully integrated sub-scale prototype that is ready for pilot site installation.

 

1/8/2019

  

University of Hawaii at Manoa, of Honolulu, Hawaii will advance its wave energy converter concept and conduct testing in the open ocean. 

 

1/8/2019

  

North Carolina State University of Raleigh, North Carolina will develop integrated numerical models and open water experimental prototypes for an energy-harvesting ocean kite system.

 

1/8/2019

  

Texas A&M University of College Station, Texas will develop and test a scaled prototype of its surface-riding wave energy converter which will be ready for open-sea testing at the end of the project.

 

1/8/2019

  

Florida Atlantic University of Boca Raton, Florida will develop and prototype a low-flow marine current turbine to provide partial power to recharge battery banks onboard an unmanned mobile at-sea recharge station for aerial drones and potentially other unmanned marine vehicles.

Controls and Power Take Off Design Integration and Testing

Awardee CID

Date

DOE Award

Cost Share

Project Profile

 

1/8/2019

 

 

Portland State University of Portland, Oregon will demonstrate a newly-invented adjustable magnetic spring that allows for greater power adjustability and controllability.

 

1/8/2019

 

 

CalWave Power Technologies, Inc of Berkeley, California will improve on its sub-scale prototype by integrating a new control architecture to improve costs and efficiency.

 

1/8/2019

 

 

AWS Ocean Energy Inc of Wilmington, Delaware will optimize a prototype hydraulic/electrical system and demonstrate performance in a laboratory environment.

IDissemination of Environmental Data and Analyses to Facilitate the Marine Energy Regulatory Process

Awardee CID

Date

DOE Award

Cost Share

Project Profile

 

1/8/2019

 

 

Kearns and West of San Francisco, California will develop a marine and hydrokinetic energy environmental permitting toolkit that includes a spatial, regulatory, and document database of information. The project will address the complexities of permitting processes through a consolidation and dissemination of relevant and actionable information needed for efficient permitting.