DOE Announces First Marine Energy Grants

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the companies and groups that have been awarded grants through its Water Power Competitive Grant Solicitation.

“This is the first time since 1992 that U.S. DOE has received appropriations from Congress for a marine renewable energy program,” said Sean O’Neill, president of OREC. “The Department of Energy staff has worked diligently to prepare this solicitation and evaluate the highest quality bids for technology advancement, market acceleration, and the development of university research centers in marine renewable research & development.”

The winners of the DOE solicitation include companies in the areas of technology development, market acceleration and national marine energy centers. Winners in the first category will receive up to US $600,000 for up to two years, winners in the second category will receive up to US $500,000 and those in the third category could receive up to US $1.2 million per year for up to five years. A list of winners is below.

Technology Development

  • Electric Power Research Institute Inc. for “Fish-Friendly” Hydropower Turbine Development & Deployment
  • Verdant Power Inc. for Improved Structure and Fabrication of Large, High-Power KHPS Rotors.
  • Public Utility District #1 of Snohomish County for Puget Sound Tidal Energy In-Water Testing and Development Project
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company for the WaveConnect Wave Energy In-Water Testing and Development Project
  • Concepts ETI Inc. for Development and Demonstration of an OWC Power System
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation for an Advanced Composite OTEC Cold Water Pipe Project

 Market Acceleration

  • Electric Power Research Institute for Wave Energy Resource Assessment and GIS Database for the U.S.
  • Georgia Tech Research Corporation for Assessment of Energy Production Potential from Tidal Streams in the United States
  • Re Vision consulting LLC for Development of Protocol to Identify streamlined Best Siting Practices for Marine And Hydrokinetic Technologies With Respect to Environmental and Navigational Impacts
  • Pacific Energy Ventures LLC for Siting Protocol for Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Projects
  • PCCI Inc. for Marine and Hydrokinetic Renewable Energy Technologies: Identification of Potential Navigational Impacts and Mitigation Measures.
  • Science Applications International Corporation for International Standards Development for Marine and Hydrokinetic Renewable Energy

National Marine Energy Centers

  • Oregon State University for the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center
  • University of Hawaii for a National Renewable Marine Energy Center in Hawaii

For more details about the projects that these groups won for, click here.

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