DOE to fund test facility for U.S. waters as Wave Energy Prize competition continues

On July 21, the DOE’s Water Power Program announced it intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement to construct a national wave energy test facility inside U.S. federal or state waters.

To support the full-scale testing of MHK wave energy devices, up to US$40 million in funding will be provided to fund development and construction activities for a grid-connected wave test facility capable of independently and simultaneously testing at least three wave energy devices, according to the DOE.

To learn more, prospective applicants are encouraged to review the full notice of intent posted eere-exchange.energy.gov.

Wave Energy Prize

In early July, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that the nine finalist teams for the Wave Energy Prize identified on March 1 will all proceed through Technology Gate 3 to test their 1/20th scale wave energy converter prototypes at the Navy’s Maneuvering and Seakeeping (MASK) Basin — part of the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Carderock — beginning in September.

Headquartered in West Bethesda, Md., NSWC Carderock employs approximately 3,600 scientists, engineers, technicians and support personnel.

Final testing is scheduled to begin during the first week of August. Each team’s device will be individually and rigorously tested at the MASK Basin over a one-week span. Teams are vying to win part of the $2.25 million Wave Energy Prize purse, and the winner(s) will be announced at the Wave Energy Prize Innovation Showcase in mid-November. 

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Gregory B. Poindexter formerly was an associate editor for HydroWorld.com.

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