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DOE Seeks Feedback on Marine and Hydrokinetics Strategy

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind and Water Power Technologies Office (WWPTO’s) Water Power Program, makes strategic investments in the Marine and Hydrokinetic (MHK) subprogram, including transformational technology innovations that seek to maximize generation from water power resources while addressing key market deployment and environmental impact challenges. The Program aims to achieve cost-competitiveness with local hurdle rates of 12 to 15 cents per/kWh by 2030. The Program addresses technology needs and opportunities in MHK, which would otherwise not be addressed by the private sector on its own.

Currently, the Program is soliciting feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, state energy offices, regulatory offices, related offshore engineering consultants/Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), and other stakeholders on the Program’s future strategy and priorities. EERE is specifically interested in information on each of the five focus areas listed below

1. Technology Advancement and Demonstration

- Prove technical credibility and optimize performance

- Computational modeling and analysis to catalyze device design evolution at reduced time and cost to developers

2. Testing Infrastructure and Instrumentation

- Strengthen MHK device quality and reliability

3. Environmental Research and Risk Mitigation

- Ensure long-term sustainability of newly developed technologies, boost investor confidence and reduce regulatory barriers

4. Resource Characterization

- Quantify and classify physical conditions, inform designs for resource classes, and reduce siting and generation uncertainty

5. Crosscutting / Out of the Box Feedback /Other

Responses must be submitted electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 5:00pm (ET) on 20 March 2015. Responses must be provided as .pdf or Microsoft Word (.docx) attachment to the email. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes exceeding 25MB be compressed (i.e., zipped) to ensure message delivery. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

This is solely a request for information and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). EERE is not accepting applications through this Request For Information (RFI). DOE will not respond to questions regarding this RFI.

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