U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Water Power Program
Advanced Electrical Grid Interface for Marine Devices
Open Date: 11/28/2011
Close Date: 01/31/2012
Funding Organization: U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science
Deployment and electrical component costs can drive the cost of commercial marine energy installations. Currently, many marine energy designs incorporate existing, land-based designs and processes for the collection, conversion, and transmission of electricity from marine deployed electrical generators to land based grid interfaces. Significant improvement in efficiency and cost may be attainable by designing grid interfaces explicitly for use in marine energy devices.
Grant applications are sought for the development of innovative systems and components that improve the collection and transmission of electricity from marine energy device generators to land based electrical interfaces. The objective of these device and array electrical subsystems is to advance widespread deployment of marine energy systems through reduced equipment, deployment, and lifecycle costs (through reduced operations and maintenance costs and/or increased performance). Cost reduction pathways directed towards marine-designed electrical equipment or grid connection methods must improve cost and performance of electrical subsystems, including wet mate connectors and advanced umbilicals for marine energy devices and arrays.
The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement on November 28, 2011. Letters of intent will be due December 20, 2011.
For more information, see the full solicitation.
Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.