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U.S. Department of Energy Awards $25 Million for Next-Generation Marine Energy Research Projects
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected $25 million in research projects for next-generation marine energy devices.
January 8, 2019
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The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Announces $20 Million Available for Small Business Innovation Research and Technolog...
EERE expects to fund more than 100 new projects, totaling approximately $20 million
December 18, 2018
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Pumped Storage Projects Selected for Techno-Economic Studies
Two projects selected by the Energy Department will receive technical assistance to evaluate the long-term value of pumped-storage hydropower
December 3, 2018
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DOE Launches Water Security Grand Challenge
Challenge aims to advance transformational technology and innovation to meet the global need for safe, secure, and affordable water.
October 25, 2018
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Funding Opportunity: National Oceanographic Partnership Program
ONR has released a new Broad Agency Announcement that solicits research proposals for seven different ocean technology and research areas.
October 15, 2018
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Ocean Renewable Energy Conference 2018 Wrap-Up
From September 18–19, staff from the DOE were joined by leaders from academia, federal and state government, utilities, supply chains, and investors.
October 9, 2018
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A Commercial Shipbuilding Industry Perspective and Future Marine Energy Business Opportunities
WPTO is engaging stakeholders engaged in the PacWave project. In this article, WPTO interviews Tom Hickman of Vigor.
September 24, 2018
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Oregon Wave Energy Test Site Rebranded as PacWave
The Pacific Marine Energy Center South Energy Test Site will operate under a rebranded name, PacWave.
September 14, 2018
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Water Power Projects Among Technology Commercialization Fund Selections
DOE's Office of Technology Transitions announced its selections for the latest round of the Technology Commercialization Fund.
September 10, 2018
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Webinar: National Renewable Energy Laboratory Water Power Facility and Infrastructure Utilization
DOE has issued an RFI regarding use of NWTC facilities for renewable energy, energy storage, and grid integration technology development and testing.
August 22, 2018
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An 18-month public competition that advanced the demonstrated energy potential of several wave energy devices.

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