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April 16, 2014

Energy Department Makes $4 Million Available to Advance Water Power

The Energy Department on April 11 announced $4 million to engage America’s research universities in the effort to accelerate the development of the emerging marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy industry in the United States. This funding will support high-impact research projects designed to enable the capture of renewable wave and tidal energy, while supporting the growth of a globally competitive MHK workforce.

The Energy Department seeks a consortium of universities to optimize operations, reduce maintenance costs, and improve the components and performance of MHK systems over three years. The selected universities will also pursue a range of related water power research projects to develop and evaluate distributed applications, measure and model wave and tidal resources, and enhance environmental monitoring techniques and instruments. The consortium’s research and development activities will be implemented in collaboration with the Energy Department on a year-to-year basis to advance America’s water power industry. See the Energy Department news release.

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