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DOE Funding Opportunities and Water Power Week

Damian Kunko, Thursday, April 26, 2018

Greetings from Washington, where we are still celebrating our success in helping to fund the DOE Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) at $105 million in Fiscal Year 2018, a historic level! Now is the time to be preparing for the funding opportunities that will soon be announced by the WPTO to support technology advancement.  SMI has the network and experience to position your project for success. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss future funding opportunities during Waterpower Week in Washington, April 30 - May 2nd.

You have registered by now for Waterpower Week in Washington, right? If not, we strongly urge you to attend. The WPTO and several National Laboratories are the primary sponsors of three co-located conferences rolled into one-the National Hydropower Association's (NHA's) Annual Conference, the International Marine Renewable Energy Conference, and the Marine Energy Technology Symposium. This is a great opportunity for water power professionals to network and discuss the future sustainability and growth of the hydropower and marine energy industries. More than 30 presentations and posters by WPTO staff, national labs, and WPTO funding awardees will be presented over the course of the week.

Speaking of DOE funding opportunities, we expect the WPTO staff next week to discuss new grants to support marine energy technology development and data dissemination. Funded research is expected to support early-stage research and evaluation of next-generation wave, tidal and current systems, support early-stage design of power take-off and control systems, and develop tools and methodologies that capture recent advances in the scientific understanding of potential environmental impacts of marine energy technologies. These projects will provide scientific data to inform licensing and permitting decisions which help reduce capital costs and deployment timelines.  This $20+ million opportunity is expected to be released very soon.  Please let us know if you need any assistance in preparing a proposal and marketing to DOE and related federal agencies.

In addition, the DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) has issued a FOA that includes a potential topic for marine energy. Topic 2A of FOA-0001874 is focused on early stage R&D in the use of renewable energy, including marine energy, to produce hydrogen in an integrated production, storage and transportation system. Up to five awards, with a maximum of $2 million per award, are available. The concept paper submission deadline is May 7, 2018.  The FOA can be reviewed here.

We also wanted to bring to your attention the April 2018 issue of Hydro Review magazine which will feature several marine energy project updates from around the world. The article can be previewed here.  We hope to learn more about these projects during Waterpower Week in Washington.

Finally, we were pleased to see that Oregon State University and its team submitted a Draft License Agreement last week to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the future 20 MW wave energy test facility off the coast at Newport, Oregon. It is exciting to see this multi-million dollar project making steady progress toward construction. Please see a Portland Business Journal article on the project here.

We look forward to seeing everyone at Waterpower Week in Washington and talking about how SMI can serve your federal marketing and lobbying needs. 

Damian and Paul

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