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Energy Department Announces $22 Million for Marine Energy Projects
The Energy Department on March 2 announced a $22 million funding opportunity for new research, development, and demonstration projects to advance marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy systems and to improve environmental monitoring technologies that will help minimize environmental impacts. These MHK projects generate electricity from waves, tides, and currents. The funding will support projects that reduce the cost of electricity from MHK systems and help protect the marine environment.
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy expects to fund up to 10 projects that address technology development and demonstration, as well as market acceleration and deployment. The funding opportunity will support projects that: integrate next-generation MHK hardware and software technologies into existing wave- and current-energy conversion systems and demonstrate improved systems in full-scale, open-water tests for a one-year period; and design, test, and validate environmental monitoring technologies that quantify the impacts of MHK systems in marine settings, such as acoustics, electromagnetic fields created by MHK devices and subsea cables, and interactions between these devices and marine animals.
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