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

TEAMER picks 12 marine energy projects for $1.2 million in research support

The US Testing Expertise and Access to Marine Energy Research (TEAMER) program has selected 12 projects to receive technical support for testing marine energy technologies as part of its eighth call for applications.

Illustration/NSWC Carderock – Maneuvering and Seakeeping Basin (MASK) – one of TEAMER network facilities (Courtesy of TEAMER)
Illustration/NSWC Carderock – Maneuvering and Seakeeping Basin (MASK) – one of TEAMER network facilities (Courtesy of TEAMER)

The technical support recipients will receive support for testing expertise and access to numerical modeling, laboratory or bench testing, and tank/flume testing and expertise within the growing TEAMER Facility Network.

Selected applicants, along with the supporting facility, will now submit their completed test plans, a requirement before assistance activities can commence.

Applications for the ninth round of requests for technical support are currently being accepted through March 3, 2023, TEAMER noted.

The supported projects will conduct further research into wave, tidal, and river current energy systems and related site and equipment assessments.

Companies and research organizations supported in this TEAMER round include Crestwing, Current Kinetics, Hydro Dynamic Power Systems, Hydrokinetic Energy Corp., ORPC, Tidal Energy Corp, Triton Anchor, Sitkana, University of Hawaii, Pliant Energy Systems, Florida Atlantic University, and Moye Consultants, on behalf of Team Wave Powered Oceanographic Gliders.

More specifically, Danish company Crestwing has been funded to conduct techno-economic assessment of its wave energy device, with the ultimate aim to characterize the levelized cost of electricity (LCoE) of the Crestwing device at a range of different scales.

ORPC will use the support to optimize the geometry of the ORPC Modular RivGen Power System, which could lead to increased power production.

Supported by the US Department of Energy and directed by the Pacific Ocean Energy Trust, TEAMER program accelerates the viability of marine renewables by providing access to US’ best facilities and expertise to solve critical challenges, build knowledge, foster innovation, and drive commercialization.

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