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DOE to Fund Marine Energy Research System Dev’t Projects

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The Department of Energy is looking to issue financial assistance awards worth potentially $22M combined to support fundamental research, development and further assessment of marine energy technology platforms.

DOE said Tuesday it seeks to accelerate the commercial adoption of systems that can help the sector address scientific and technical challenges through the Marine Energy Foundational Research and Testing Infrastructure initiative.

The funding opportunity is open to non-federal research institutions and universities. The department will provide a tool that potential participants can use to find teaming partners.

According to DOE, it will back the establishment of an Atlantic region-based National Marine Renewable Energy Center and seek a network facilitator to coordinate and disseminate research data from non-federal research institutions to stakeholders.

DOE added it looks to fund a mobile test vessel that will work to accommodate open water, non-grid connected current energy converters for turbine testing use.

The department will accept concept papers through May 11 and full applications until July 7.