Marine energy technologies are at an early stage of development due to the fundamental challenges of generating power from a dynamic, low-velocity, and high-density resource while withstanding corrosive marine environments.

These challenges are intensified by high costs and lengthy permitting processes associated with in-water testing.

The program comprises four core R&D activity areas which represent the program’s strategic approach to addressing the challenges faced by U.S. marine energy stakeholders:

1) Foundational R&D

2) Technology-Specific System Design & Validation

3) Reducing Barriers to Testing

4) Data Access & Analytics.

To achieve the mission and help to realize the vision, the Marine Energy Program will conduct transformative early-stage research that advances the development of reliable, cost-competitive marine energy technologies and reduces barriers to technology deployment.

 

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