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US DOE awards USD 24.9m to hydro, marine energy projects

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November 6 (Renewables Now) - The US Department of Energy (DOE) last week made a selection of hydropower and marine energy projects that will receive up to USD 24.9 million (EUR 22.5m) in funding.

By supporting these projects, DOE seeks to advance the marine and hydrokinetics sector and improve hydropower’s ability to serve as a flexible grid resource, it said in a statement.

The awards are being made across four Areas of Interest (AOI): Hydropower Operational Flexibility; Low-Head Hydropower and In-Stream Hydrokinetic Technologies; Advancing Wave Energy Device Design; and Marine Energy Centers Research Infrastructure Upgrades.

A total of four projects will receive financing as part of the third AOI. 

Charlottesville, Virginia-based Columbia Power Technologies will use its grant to develop a standards-compliant, fabrication-ready design of its next-generation wave energy converter (WEC). In turn, CalWave Power Technologies Inc of Berkeley, California, will work on the design of its next-gen, 45-kW submerged pressure differential WEC. In Minneapolis, Minnesota, IDOM Inc will be building the latest version of its oscillating water column device, with advanced controls and design improvements. Last but not least, Stevens Institute of Technology of Hoboken in New Jersey will design a 100-kW WEC featuring two surge devices mounted on a single buoyant platform.

As part of the fourth AOI, a number of existing National Marine Renewable Energy Centers (NMRECs) will get financial support to upgrade site infrastructure and thus enable broader industry access. The NMRECs are: the Pacific Marine Energy Center operated jointly by Oregon State University, the University of Washington and the University of Alaska Fairbanks; the Hawaii National Marine Renewable Energy Center operated by the University of Hawaii; and the Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center run by Florida Atlantic University.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.902)

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