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DOE announced $10.5 million in available funding to support the design and operation of innovative marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) systems through survivability and reliability-related testing of these systems. Such advances will help these devices harness even more sustainable energy from the enormous potential of the nation's oceans and rivers. DOE selected six organizations to receive up to $10.5 million to support the design and operation of innovative marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) systems through survivability and reliability-related improvements.

The "Next-Generation Marine Energy Systems—Durability and Survivability" funding opportunity focuses on reducing the costs of MHK systems in the early stages of the development cycle—improving the likelihood of successful deployment in the future. By reducing uncertainty in MHK survivability, installation, operations, and maintenance, this funding opportunity will enable the cost-effective development of robust MHK technologies.

Funding was awarded under two areas of interest:

  1. Increasing survivability of wave energy converter systems, thus decreasing capital costs or extending their life spans.
  2. Reducing uncertainty around the installation, operations, and maintenance of wave and current energy converters, thus decreasing their overall costs and increasing their ability to function over time.