The Energy Department announced $10 million available to strengthen the U.S. marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy industry through two funding opportunities supporting design, manufacturing, demonstration, and testing of sustainable, environmentally responsible marine and hydrokinetic energy devices and components.
The Water Power Program has added a map of existing hydropower facilities and information on the new assessment of hydropower potential in rivers and streams.
The program is funding 17 projects that will increase the power production and reliability of wave and tidal devices and help gather valuable data on how deployed devices interact with the surrounding environment.
A blog on Energy.gov highlights the addition of more than 130,000 megawatt hours per year in hydropower generation through the modernization of several existing powered dams, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The Water Power Program has created a new Web page featuring all its marine and hydrokinetic resource assessments and characterizations, including tidal, wave, ocean thermal, and riverine hydrokinetic.