US announces $26.1m of funding for hydropower and marine tech

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has published up to $26.1 million in funding to advance hydropower and maritime energy technologies.

The Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) is the best adviser, so they will choose projects that aim to increase the affordability of hydropower and marine power, strengthen US production competitiveness and build on energy storage leadership.

The agency says hydropower’s ‘significant potential’ for compliant operation makes it well-suited to supporting the reliability and flexibility of the country’s power systems as they absorb more alternate renewable generation.

The funding will be used to quantify the flexible capabilities of hydropower and develop ‘low-head’ hydropower and river-based energy technologies that could produce clean electricity from water flows.

The money will also support the design, prototyping, and testing of oceanic renewable energy technologies like wave energy converters, which in many matters are still at the early stages of developing.

In addition, the DoE plans to upgrade the necessary base at existing National Marine Renewable Energy Centers to enable broader trade access and reduce technical barriers to incubating new technologies.

Assistant Secretary in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Daniel Simmons, said: “This event is critical to developing new water technologies that provide energy from our nation’s rivers and shores.

“By supporting early-stage research and extension, these next-generation water power technologies have the potential to decrease energy costs for American customers and significantly increase the reliability of our power system.”

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