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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 and hydrokinetic 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 and Hydrokinetic (MHK) Program will conduct transformative early-stage research that advances the development of reliable, cost-competitive MHK technologies and reduces barriers to technology deployment.

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International Standards are technical specifications written by experts from across the globe to describe best practices, based on industry experience, for how a device should be designed, built, and/or operated to be safe, compatible, and interoperable.

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The Portal and Repository for Information on Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMRE) provides broad access to information on engineering and technologies, resource characterization, device performance, and environmental effects of Marine Renewable Energy projects.

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The Powering the Blue Economy™ initiative seeks to understand the power requirement of emerging coastal and maritime markets and advance technologies that could integrate marine renewable energy to relieve these power constraints and promote economic growth.

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The U.S. Testing Expertise and Access to Marine Energy Research Program (TEAMER) is designed to provide marine energy technology developers and researchers with access to U.S.-based test facilities and technical expertise.

Research Spotlight: PacWave
PacWave is an Energy Department-funded, grid-connected, full-scale test facility for wave energy conversion technologies.
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The 2021 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition (MECC) Announces Participants
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TEAMER Program Announces Selections from First Request for Technical Support
Selected projects will receive technology support with modeling and analysis; laboratory and bench tests; and tank, flume, tunnel, and basin tests.
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Second Annual Marine Energy Collegiate Competition Open for Applications
 WPTO has opened the 2021 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition for applications.
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Energy Department Announces 2020 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition Winning Teams
DOE announces winners of 2020 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition, which challenges students to develop solutions for the marine energy industry.
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National Labs Are Making Waves in Marine Energy Research and Development
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Marine Energy Collegiate Competition 2021 Competition Opens for Applications in August
Today, the Energy Department's Water Power Technologies Office announced the 2021 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition will open in August.
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World Oceans Day is a global effort to celebrate the ocean's resources, while reminding us to protect it for future generations.
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