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U.S. DOE Awards
$20 Million for MHK Systems

by Elizabeth Ingram
HydroWorld, September 1, 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded more than $20 million in funding to 10 organizations conducting research, development and demonstration project in the marine and hydrokinetic energy arena. These projects to advance and monitor marine and hydrokinetic energy systems will aim to improve the performance of MHK systems and advance environmental monitoring technologies that will help protect wildlife and reduce uncertainty regarding potential environmental impacts, according to a press release.

Recent studies conducted by DOE found that America's technically recoverable wave energy resource is 900 to 1,200 TWh per year. The tidal stream resource is 220 to 330 TWh per year.

Three of the projects selected "will integrate next-generation MHK hardware and software technologies into system designs." Their effectiveness will be tested during full-scale, open water deployments over one year. They are:

The seven environmental projects selected will help reduce the time and cost associated with required environmental monitoring. They are: More information on the projects is available here.

Elizabeth Ingram
U.S. DOE Awards $20 Million for MHK Systems
HydroWorld, September 1, 2016

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