DOE funds US$8 million for MHK “Holy Grail,” project conception ending in commercial viability

About US$8 million is available in funding to spur innovation in next-generation marine hydrokinetic (MHK) control and component technologies, according to a January announcement from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The “Holy Grail” within MHK development is reducing the risk and length of time from project conception to commercial viability. DOE plans to select no more than five projects on which to improve MHK performance and reduce the technical risks of the technology.

Selected projects will design, develop, and validate MHK controls and components for commercial application in several areas:

Advanced controls — Capable of monitoring and controlling the interaction of the device with the water resource for increased power production and efficiency;

Crosscutting power take-off components — “Power take-off” systems of a broad variety of MHK devices, reducing the costs of deployments and increasing efficiency and availability; A power take-off is the MHK sub-system that includes the hardware needed to convert mechanical motion into electrical power; and

Innovative structures — Advanced materials and structures for increased power production, availability, and greater manufacturability.

Log on to DOE’s Water Power Program’s Financial Opportunities page for more information. Submission close date is March 26.

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