April 2 (Renewables Now) - The US Department of Energy (DOE) will provide up to USD 54.2 million (EUR 48.4m) in funding for research focusing on innovations that could lower the costs in the wind, hydropower and marine energy segments.
With up to USD 28.1 million, the DOE will support projects in the land-based, offshore and distributed wind sectors and will await concept papers for the funding round by April 29, it said last week. Full applications will be accepted by June 17.
More specifically, projects involved in the development of distributed wind in rural areas, or schemes aiming to simplify that process with standardised solutions and technical assistance will get up to USD 6.1 million of the total. Meanwhile, up to USD 7 million will be awarded for offshore wind research projects that will undergo testing at national-level facilities and up to USD 10 million will go for demonstration projects using innovative technologies or methodologies that could cut offshore wind energy risk and cost. Innovations in the production of turbines taller than 140 metres (459 ft) will be supported with up to USD 5 million.
In a second financing round, the DOE will distribute up to USD 26.1 million for advanced technology solutions in the marine and hydrokinetics (MHK) industry that improve hydropower’s ability to serve as a flexible grid resource. Overall, eligible projects will be split into four categories and will have a common goal of increasing the affordability of hydropower and marine energy. The particular categories, called areas of interest, are hydropower operational flexibility, low head hydropower and in-stream hydrokinetic technologies, design of wave energy devices and marine energy centres research infrastructure upgrades.
More details about the initiatives are available on DOE's website.
(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.893)