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Opportunity: $40 Million to Construct Wave Energy Test Facility Inside U.S. Waters

The Energy Department’s Water Power Program intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to construct a national wave energy test facility inside U.S. federal or state waters.

To support the full-scale testing of MHK wave energy devices, up to $40 million in funding will be provided to fund development and construction activities for a grid-connected wave test facility capable of independently and simultaneously testing at least three wave energy devices.

The facility should have at least three test berths in order to test wave energy devices simultaneously and independently, up to 1 MW each in size. The site should be located in U.S. federal or state waters, subject to full (unprotected) oceanic wave regimes with wave average annual power density ≥ 30 kW/m, and with testing berth water depths ≥ 60m. An industry survey of desired test site conditions should be used to support the site location choice, in terms of water depth and wave power density. The facility should incorporate features to accommodate all wave energy converter types that operate at the test site depth. The site should provide a capability to deploy environmental instrumentation for monitoring and measuring wave energy testing effects.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the full notice of intent posted to EERE Exchange to learn more.

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