DoE grants USD 8 mln for marine and hydrokinetic technologies

The Energy Department has announced USD 8 million in funding to spur innovation in next-generation marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) control and component technologies, is is stated in DoE’s press release.

Through this funding opportunity, the Energy Department plans to select up to five projects to improve the performance and reduce the technical risk of MHK technologies.

The aim of the research and development supported by this funding is to advance the following types of controls and components for use with MHK systems under development for commercial application:

• Advanced controls: Selected projects will design, develop, and validate components capable of monitoring and controlling the interaction of the device with the water resource for increased power production and efficiency.

• Crosscutting power take-off components: Selected projects will design, develop, and validate components for the “power take-off” systems of a broad variety of MHK devices, reducing the costs of deployments and increasing efficiency and availability. A power take-off is the MHK sub-system that includes the hardware needed to convert mechanical motion into electrical power.

• Innovative structures: Selected projects will design, develop, and validate advanced materials and structures for increased power production, availability, and greater manufacturability.

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