The Department of Energy announced April 8 it is offering up to $12 million to support research and development of advanced waterpower technologies. Mandatory letters of intent are due May 6, with completed applications for funds due June 4.
The government’s funding opportunity announcement seeks to enhance the viability and cost-competitiveness of advanced waterpower systems through public-private partnerships. DOE said it also intends to strengthen U.S. scientific discovery, promote clean and secure energy, increase economic prosperity, and demonstrate U.S. leadership in addressing climate change.
The announcement provides industry members and industry-led partnerships the opportunity to conduct research in three topic areas:
o Topic Area 1: marine and hydrokinetic energy conversion devices or component design and development;
o Topic Area 2: marine and hydrokinetic site-specific environmental studies/information; and
o Topic Area 3: advanced waterpower market acceleration projects/analysis and assessments of offshore, in-stream, ocean thermal, and advanced hydropower resources.
Projects are expected to begin in the federal government’s 2009 fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1.
The $12 million, subject to annual appropriations, adds to the $7.3 million DOE committed in 2008 to research, development, demonstration, and deployment of advanced waterpower technologies. (HNN 4/21/08) DOE named 14 research projects to share in the $7.3 million as partners with DOE in testing, demonstrating, validating, and developing advanced waterpower technologies. (HNN 9/18/08)
The complete announcement for new funding can be viewed on the FedConnect Internet site, www.fedconnect.net, under ï¿½Search Public Opportunities and Awards.ï¿½ Under ï¿½Search Criteria,ï¿½ select ï¿½Reference Numberï¿½ and enter funding opportunity number DE-FOA-0000069. Click on ï¿½Search,ï¿½ and select the opportunity.
Mandatory letters of intent are due May 6. Completed applications for funds are due June 4. Only those applicants who submit a letter of intent are eligible to submit final applications under the announcement, issued by DOE’s field office in Golden, Colo. Questions regarding the content of the announcement must be submitted through FedConnect, DOE said.
DOE plans parallel waterpower announcement
DOE also said it plans to issue a separate opportunity announcement in fiscal year 2009 for research and development on waterpower technologies. That opportunity, called a program announcement, will be directed at DOE laboratories to address technical challenges in waterpower development, as well as barriers to market acceptance.