On Tuesday, April 9, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Water Power Program notified potential future applicants of an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement tentatively titled, “Marine and Hydrokinetic (MHK) System Performance Advancement (SPA).”
The DOE is working to advance the technology performance of marine and hydrokinetic energy devices by supporting R&D projects that reduce weight, increase energy capture, increase efficiency, and/or improve reliability of the system. This FOA will improve the performance of existing marine and hydrokinetic systems through the development and verification/validation of innovative components that are designed and built specifically for MHK applications in three areas:
1. advanced controls,
2. next-generation power take-off (PTO), and
3. optimized structures.
The proposed FOA would seek projects that design components to meet performance objectives, conduct numerical simulation and analysis to verify performance, and/or validate performance through physical model testing.
The Notice of Intent is available through the Water Power Program Financial Opportunities page, and it is anticipated that this FOA will be posted to that page some time later in 2013. No applications or inquiries are being accepted at this time.
Source: EERE Water
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