DOE marine funding

30 April 2010– The U.S. Department of Energy has released $15.36 million in funding for the Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology Readiness Advancement Initiative. There is a possibility for the funding to continue at or near that level for up to an additional two years.

Although technology readiness levels (TRL) have been used for years by both NASA and the Department of Defense to develop advanced, mission-critical systems, this is the first time TRLs have been used by the DOE to assess the readiness of new renewable energy technologies. DOE has adopted a simplified TRL structure since MHK devices and components are mostly in the early stages of research and development.

DOE is seeking applications in two topic areas: MHK Technologies Concept Development (TRLs 1-3), and MHK Technology Readiness Level Advancement (TRLs 4-9). Each of these have been broken down into four funding categories:

1. Discovery / Concept Definition / Early Stage Development, Design and Engineering (TRL 1-3);
2. Proof of Concept (TRL 4);
3. System Integration and Technology Laboratory Demonstration (TRL 5/6); and
4. Open Water System Testing, Demonstration, and Operation (TRL 7/8).

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