U.S. seeks partners for wind, ocean energy research

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program seeks proposals for research, testing, or product development partnerships in wind and ocean energy technologies. Proposals are due Nov. 5.

The Cooperative Research and Development Agreement partnerships are expected to leverage industry experience and needs with the technology research and development expertise of the National Renewable Energy and Sandia national laboratories.

The partnerships will work to solve industry questions about utility-scale wind technologies. Subject to fiscal year 2008 congressional appropriations for an Ocean Energy Program, the partnerships also will work on ocean energy technologies, DOE said.

The Energy Department said the Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program has budgeted about $1 million for laboratory-based technical support for the agreements. It expects to budget funding for the next fiscal year for additional proposal calls.

For information, contact Ian Baring-Gould, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, MS 3811, 1617 Cole Blvd., Golden, CO 80401; (1) 303-384-7021; E-mail: ian_baring_gould@nrel.gov. Additional information on the program, including a sample agreement, can be obtained from the Internet at www.nrel.gov/wind/news/2007/522.html.

Energy Department offers ocean energy technology grants

The Energy Department also is offering grants for ocean energy technology from the department’s Small Business Innovative Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The deadline for receipt of grant applications for both programs is Nov. 27.

Grant applications are sought for wave energy converters, hydrokinetic turbines, and thermal energy conversion systems. Eligible projects would include: new concept designs; plans to advance a concept to scale model testing; plans to advance a scale model design to full-scale open water testing; and plans to advance a prototype to full-scale demonstration.

A Fiscal Year 2008 funding opportunity notice can be obtained from the Internet site www.grants.gov. Click on �Find Grant Opportunities,� �Basic Search,� and enter the number DE-PS02-07ER07-36.

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