Topic Area 2: Marine and Hydrokinetic Renewable Energy Market Acceleration Projects
Federal funding for the Marine and Hydrokinetic Renewable Energy Market Acceleration Projects for fiscal year 2008 is expected to be approximately $1.0-$2.5 million. DOE expects to make up to six awards where individual awards are valued between $100,000 and $500,000. Successful applications under this section can include universities, industrial companies, non-profits and other private sector companies. Partnerships, including partnerships with National Laboratories, are encouraged but not required. Although no cost share will be required, consideration will be given to applications providing cost share. The awards will be made to facilitate the market penetration of advanced water power technologies with project durations expected to be no more than 24 months from beginning to conclusion.
The Department of Energy will select applications that facilitate the market penetration of marine and hydrokinetic technologies. The applications will address one or more of the following areas:
1. The development of international power measurement, identification, and systems engineering and integration standards for marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy. The final product will be a report that must include a summary of the current state of international standards and a proposal for new international standards. Justifications for the proposed standards must be provided in the report. The primary audience for the report is intended to be members of the international standard committees and the standards communities;
2. Investigation into the efficient and reliable integration of marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy devices with the utility grid and reliable intermittency issues. The final product will be a report that addresses grid-integration issues faced by water power technologies, including the identification of system interconnection requirements and technologies, the evaluation of potential integration technologies, and a proposed pathway toward the development and deployment of such technologies. The audience for