U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Water Power Program
DOE Offers $7.5 Million for Advanced Water Power Technologies
May 5, 2008
DOE announced on May 5 that it will make up to $7.5 million available
to U.S. industries and universities to support the research and
development of advanced water power systems, including systems that
draw on free-flowing water; ocean waves, tides, or currents; and other
water-based resources. Technologies that generate power from free-flowing water are often referred to as "hydrokinetic" technologies.
Funding is available for industry-led projects involving in-water
testing, development, and deployment of advanced water power
Funding is also available for projects that facilitate the market
penetration of marine and hydrokinetic technologies, including
projects to assess wave and tidal energy resources, develop
international standards for the technologies, investigate issues with
electric grid integration, develop best practices for locating
projects, and identify and mitigate potential impacts on navigation.
Additionally, universities can apply for funding to establish National
Marine Renewable Energy Centers, which will serve as integrated,
standardized test centers for marine and hydrokinetic technologies.
The centers will also serve as information clearinghouses and will
conduct research to advance marine and hydrokinetic energy
The solicitation is part of DOE's effort to establish a program of
research, development, demonstration, and commercial application
activities to expand the production of renewable energy from marine
and hydrokinetic energy technologies. The new effort was authorized by
the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which President Bush
signed in December. DOE anticipates selecting up to 14 recipients for
the in-water testing and market facilitation topics, and up to 3 for
the National Marine Renewable Energy Centers. Applications are due on
June 16. See the DOE press release and the full solicitation on Grants.gov.