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July 21, 2016
Notice of Intent: Wave Energy Test Facility Inside U.S. Waters

The Energy Department’s Water Power Program intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to construct a national wave energy test facility inside U.S. federal or state waters. To support the full-scale testing of MHK wave energy devices, up to $40 million in funding will be provided to fund development and construction activities for a grid-connected wave test facility capable of independently and simultaneously testing at least three wave energy devices.

July 11, 2016
Notice of Intent: Innovative Technologies to Advance Non-Powered Dams and Pumped-Storage Hydropower Development

The Energy Department's Water Power Program intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for innovative technologies to advance non-powered dams and pumped-storage hydropower Development. This FOA supports the Water Power Program’s HydroNEXT initiative, the development of innovative technologies that lower cost, improve performance, and promote environmental stewardship of hydropower development across two resource classes: existing non-powered dams (NPD), and pumped storage hydropower (PSH).

May 24, 2016
The Wave Energy Prize teams got to tour the 12-million gallon Maneuvering and Seakeeping (MASK) Basin at the U.S. Navy's Carderock facility in Maryland, where their devices will be tested this summer.
Wave Energy Prize Teams Make a Splash During Waterpower Week

Teams competing in the Energy Department's Wave Energy Prize recently took a three-day break from developing their innovative technologies to meet with each other and hydropower stakeholders, and also tour the 12-million gallon wave-generating tank at the U.S. Navy's Carderock facility in Maryland, where they will test their devices this summer.

April 25, 2016
The Opekiska Lock and Dam, a non-powered dam on the Monongahela River. Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Energy Department Opens New Round of Funding to Reward New Hydropower

Harnessing the power of water to generate electricity means finding new locations that can be upgraded with hydropower technology. The Energy Department is opening applications for a new round of funding to identify facilities that might be capable of producing electricity with the right technology. The sum of $3.5 million in funding will be awarded as incentive payments based on kilowatt hours of electricity generated.

March 29, 2016
Acoustic Doppler velocimeter, deployed in Puget Sound, Washington State. Image courtesy Jim Thomson, University of Washington.
Calming the Waters: The Impact of Turbulence on Tidal Energy Systems

New research is helping the emerging tidal energy industry learn from their counterparts in the wind industry. By considering the effects of atmospheric turbulence when developing turbine designs, the wind industry has lowered the cost of energy to record lows and deployed turbines broadly across much of the nation.

March 2, 2016
Image courtesy the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's (PNNL) Marine Sciences Laboratory.
Energy Department Announces $22 Million for Marine Energy Demonstration and Environmental Monitoring Technology Projects

A $22 million funding opportunity to study marine and hydrokinetic energy systems was announced today by the Energy Department. The projects funded will help improve monitoring to reduce environmental impacts and lower the cost of generating electricity from waves, tides and currents.

March 1, 2016
Energy Department Announces Finalists Vying for $2.25 Million Wave Energy Prize

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today the nine teams chosen as finalists in the Wave Energy Prize, which hail from California, Maine, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington. The Prize is a 20-month design-build-test competition that aims to double the energy captured from ocean waves. Increasing the energy harnessed by wave energy converter devices will reduce costs and make this renewable energy source more competitive with traditional energy solutions.

December 28, 2015
Energy Department Awards $10.5 Million for Next-Generation Marine Energy Systems

The Energy Department today announced six organizations selected to receive up to $10.5 million to support the design and operation of innovative marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) systems through survivability and reliability-related improvements.

December 22, 2015
Year in Review: Celebrating Wind Energy and Water Power

Renewable energy from wind and water had a big year in 2015. As the year comes to a close, we celebrate the milestones of renewable electricity generation in wind and water power with a list of some of our largest accomplishments.

December 16, 2015
Accepting Applications: $3.96 Million Hydroelectric Production Incentive Program

A second round of funding for the Section 242 Hydroelectric Incentive Program is now available from the Energy Department's Water Power Program.