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Opportunity: $22 Million for Marine Energy & Environmental Monitoring Projects

The Energy Department has announced a $22 million funding opportunity for new research, development, and demonstration projects to advance marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy systems that generate electricity from waves, tides, and currents and to improve environmental monitoring technologies that will help minimize environmental impacts.


The funding will support projects that reduce the cost of electricity from MHK systems and help protect the marine environment, thus increasing sustainable electricity generation from ocean and river energy resources.

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy expects to fund up to 10 projects that address technology development and market acceleration and deployment. Specifically, the funding opportunity will support projects that:

1. Integrate next-generation MHK hardware and software technologies into existing wave and current energy conversion systems and demonstrate improved systems in full-scale, open-water tests for a one-year period; and

2. Design, test, and validate environmental monitoring technologies that quantify the impacts of MHK systems in marine settings, such as acoustics, electromagnetic fields created by MHK devices and subsea cables, and interactions between these devices and marine animals.

Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 3/31/2016 5:00 PM ET
Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/26/2016 5:00 PM ET

For more information, read the full opportunity at the Energy Department’s Funding Opportunity Exchange website.

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