The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Water Power Program is seeking public opinion related to improving the manufacturing process for ocean, tidal and wave power technologies.
The request for information is intended to focus on transitioning the emerging marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) industry from its current focus on performance prototypes toward manufacturing cost-competitive production units, DOE said.
The agency also notes that "developing advanced materials and manufacturing processes for hydropower turbines could result in cost reductions across the entire power plant that will significantly reduce the levelized cost of energy of hydropower".
The information gathered will be used to identify the most "promising investment opportunities based on industry needs," DOE says, with data gathered in the request for information to be used for market baseline information and internal department planning.
The Department of Energy has shown a significant interest in developing America's MHK segment in recent months, with up to US$13 million in funding for development being offered in May and an additional $1.9 million for research in March.
Responses must be submitted to DOE electronically by July 12, 2013. For more information, visit the department's website here.