Photo: NSWC Carderock – Maneuvering and Seakeeping Basin (MASK) - one of TEAMER network facilities (Courtesy of TEAMER)

TEAMER opens fourth call for marine energy applications

The U.S. Department of Energy-supported Testing Expertise and Access for Marine Energy Research (TEAMER) programme is now accepting applications for the fourth request for technical support (RFTS).

Photo showing NSWC Carderock – Maneuvering and Seakeeping Basin (MASK) - one of TEAMER network facilities (Courtesy of TEAMER)
NSWC Carderock – Maneuvering and Seakeeping Basin (MASK) – one of TEAMER network facilities (Courtesy of TEAMER)

The applications for the RTFS 4 will be accepted through 16 September 2021, according to TEAMER.

Applications may now be submitted at any time, however they will be reviewed on a quarterly basis following the schedule on the TEAMER website, and applications submitted after the due date will be considered for the next RFTS, the programme guidelines state.

All TEAMER support activities are still required to take place within a nine-month access period.

Beginning with RFTS 4, applicants may only apply for assistance in one category per RTFS, including numerical modeling and analysis, bench/lab testing, tank/flume testing, and open water activities.

Multiple facility applications are permitted but must demonstrate coordination between facilities to accomplish the RFTS, according to TEAMER guidelines.

Also, limited open water testing will be available but will require a separate application and process to be detailed in future outreach.

Prior to submitting an application, applicants are required to discuss the feasibility of their proposed assistance, as well as timelines and availability, with facility managers listed on the facility network page.

Upon completion of the application, a letter of response request will be sent to the facility manager listed to confirm these conversations have occurred, and the proposed project is achievable within the facility capabilities and program constraints.

Directed by the Pacific Ocean Energy Trust (POET), TEAMER program works to accelerate the viability of marine renewables by providing access to the United States’ best facilities and expertise to solve critical challenges, build knowledge, foster innovation, and drive commercialization.

To remind, the program selected 14 marine energy projects in mid-July 2021 to receive testing and technical support as part of the third call for projects.

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