DOE to Invest up to $12 Million to Support Development of Advanced Water Power Technologies

April 9, 2009

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the issuance of a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for up to $12 million, subject to annual appropriations, to support the research and development of advanced water power technologies, including both marine and hydrokinetic and conventional hydropower technologies. Through public-private partnerships, the FOA seeks to enhance the viability and cost-competitiveness of advanced water power systems, strengthening U.S. scientific discovery, promoting clean and secure energy, increasing economic prosperity, and demonstrating U.S. leadership in addressing climate change.

The FOA provides industry members and industry-led partnerships the opportunity to conduct research in three topic areas, adding to the existing $7.3 million that DOE committed in 2008 to the research, development, demonstration, and deployment of advanced water power technologies:

  • Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Conversion Device or Component Design and Development to develop, refine and/or test marine and hydrokinetic energy conversion devices or components.
  • Marine and Hydrokinetic Site-specific Environmental Studies to investigate the environmental impacts related to the installation, testing, and operation of marine and hydrokinetic energy conversion devices.
  • Advanced Water Power Market Acceleration Projects to conduct resource and cost assessments of U.S. offshore, in-stream, ocean thermal and advanced hydropower resources.

In working to develop technologies that harness the power of our water resources, DOE is furthering the United States' energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality in public-private partnerships and dramatically increasing clean-energy research funding to develop cleaner, lower cost, and more reliable alternative energy sources. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 authorizes DOE to establish a program of research, development, demonstration, and commercial application to expand marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy production.

Mandatory letters of intent are due May 6, 2009, and completed applications are due June 4, 2009. The complete FOA (DE-FOA-0000069), can be viewed on the FedConnect Web site. Projects are expected to begin in Fiscal Year 2009. Funding is subject to annual Congressional appropriations.

To access this Funding Opportunity Announcement, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to the FedConnect Web site.
  2. Click on "Search Public Opportunities and Awards."
  3. Under "Search Criteria," select "Reference Number" from the drop-down menu.
  4. Type the funding opportunity number of the opportunity you are interested in reviewing: DE-FOA-0000069.
  5. Click on "Search." Select the opportunity that appears.
  6. Look in the right column. Beneath a folder called "BASE" is a file called "BODY." Click on this to open the text of the opportunity.

DOE will also fund a separate Program Announcement for advanced water power projects from research partnerships led by DOE national laboratories. Industry and academic organizations are eligible to participate as members of these teams. The four topic areas under this Program Announcement are:

  1. Supporting Research and Testing for Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy
  2. Environmental Assessment and Mitigation Methods for Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy
  3. Supporting Research and Testing for Hydropower
  4. Environmental Assessment and Mitigation Methods for Hydropower


To access this Program Announcement, please go to the FedConnect website and search for funding opportunity number DE-FOA-0000070.