DOE seeks applications for advanced waterpower technology

The U.S. Department of Energy is offering grants of up to $100,000 to small businesses developing new energy technologies, including advanced waterpower technology. Applications are due Nov. 20.

DOE’s Office of Science is offering the grants through the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBTT) programs. Advanced waterpower technology development is included in a funding opportunity notice identifying research areas of interest for the government’s 2009 fiscal year, which began Oct. 1.

Advanced waterpower technology development includes: new devices capable of extracting electrical power from waves, water currents, and ocean thermal temperature differences; and improvements in the efficiency and/or environmental performance of existing hydropower facilities.

DOE seeks grant applications to develop approaches that can advance wave and current energy technologies. Areas of interest include wave energy converters, such as point absorbers, oscillating water column devices, and overtopping devices, and energy conversion technologies for tidal, river, and ocean currents. DOE also seeks grants for advanced hydropower systems, technologies that improve the efficiency and/or environmental performance of existing hydropower turbines, generators, dams, and diversions, including those that increase water-use efficiency.

Grant recipients are to evaluate the scientific or technical merit and feasibility of ideas that appear to have commercial potential. DOE said it expects about $36 million will be available for awards under the solicitation, and anticipates making about 360 awards.

SBIR and SBTT programs both are designed to encourage private-sector commercialization of technology developed through DOE-supported research. STTR grants are required to involve substantial cooperative research collaboration between the small business and a single research institution; collaboration is optional in the SBIR program.

The solicitation and technical topic descriptions are available on the DOE Internet site, www.science.doe.gov/sbir.

Applications are due Nov. 20 and must be submitted through the Internet site, www.grants.gov. The application package is available on the Internet at that site: Click on �Apply for Grants,� and �Download a Grant Application Package,� and enter Funding Opportunity No. DE-PS02-08ER08-34.

Direct questions about the advanced waterpower technology development technical area to DOE Water Power Technology Lead Alejandro Moreno, E-mail: alejandro.moreno@hq.doe.gov.

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