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The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is issuing, on behalf of the Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) titled “Marine Energy Systems Innovation at Sea.” This FOA will accelerate the development and field testing of renewable marine energy technologies by focusing on wave and ocean current resources as well as reductions in the energy use and carbon emissions associated with desalination to provide zero-carbon, affordable, and reliable sources of drinking water for disaster relief, emergency response, and small communities facing water scarcity and security issues. WPTO’s focus on desalination directly supports coastal and island resilience, and incorporates end-user needs assessments, translating user requirements for design and advancement of marine energy technologies. Previous research has demonstrated the feasibility of small, modular, wave-powered desalination systems through theoretical studies , laboratory testing, and short-duration at-sea testing. This FOA focuses on innovation of wave energy converters (WECs) for nearshore environments across diverse coastal conditions through long duration at-sea testing and operations (i.e., two weeks to six months) and component/sub-system technology development and testing. It will additionally support commercialization opportunities for novel technologies and a feasibility assessment of an ocean current test facility off the coast of the United States.

  • Topic Area 1: Marine Energy Powered Desalination System Innovation at Sea
  • Topic Area 2: Open Topic (Marine Energy Powered Desalination)
  • Topic Area 3: Ocean Current Test Facility Feasability Assessment

Application Deadline: February 24, 2023