upon current cost assessments, and will propose sources for critical data and assumptions such as: component design and development costs; infrastructure cost; learning rates; reference cost build-ups; cost data indexing; load models; performance models; O&M strategies/costs; and project development costs. Projects are encouraged that propose to generate energy supply curves that can predict energy generation at a given cost level.
3F. An assessment of the energy resources available from installing power stations on non-powered dams and in constructed waterways and the construction of new pumped storage facilities in the U.S. to determine maximum practicably extractable energy. A successful application will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of existing U.S. hydropower resource assessments and how the proposed project will build and improve upon the existing assessments. The final product will include a geospatial database, validated and verified by a third party with experience in renewable energy resource validation in a manner that is useful to developers and policymakers and that can be updated on a regular basis. This database should be coordinated and compatible with the geospatial data standards used in other ongoing incremental hydropower resource analyses supported by WHTP, including the National Hydropower Asset Assessment Program. The third-party partner that will conduct independent validation shall be identified in the application, along with their method for validation. The methodology and results should allow the U.S. advanced hydropower resource to be accurately compared to other renewable energy resources and conform, to the maximum extent possible, with widely-accepted resource assessment metrics and standards and incorporated as metadata in the final product.
Federal funding for the Advanced Water Power Market Acceleration Projects for fiscal year 2009 is expected to be approximately $4 million. DOE expects to make up to 6 awards where individual awards are valued at up to $0.5 million DOE share for subtopics 3A - 3E and up to $1 million DOE share for subtopic 3F.