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DOE announces notices of intent for MHK, conventional hydroelectric power technology

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The U.S. Department of Energy has issued three notices of intent to fund research for both marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) and conventional hydropower technologies.

The notices of intent and links to further information on DOE's website include:

  • Marine and Hydrokinetic Research and Development University Consortium: This funding opportunity is intended to support a university consortium "to leverage existing in-situ Research and Development (R&D) to advance U.S. Marine and Hydrokinetic (MHK) technology, while developing intellectual capital for a globally-competitive workforce." DOE said the project will address strategic opportunities in its MHK development portfolio.
  • Water Power Manufacturing: Issued by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) on behalf of the Wind and Water Power Technologies Office (WWPTO), this funding opportunity will support the "application of advanced materials and advanced manufacturing techniques to the development of new hydropower technologies." DOE notes that there is a significant opportunity to increase hydroelectric power generation at low-head sites, and that new technologies will help tap that potential.
  • Competitive Marine and Hydrokinetic Demonstrations at the Navy's Wave Energy Test Site: The WWPTO will issue a funding opportunity to test, evaluate and compare multiple close-to-full-scale wave energy conversion systems at the Navy's Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) and will help identify and focus on "the most promising device archetypes."

The Department of Energy also announced two other MHK funding programs earlier this month.

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