DOE launches USD-10m marine energy research programme

Author: Steve Corey. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic

March 26 (Renewables Now) - The US Department of Energy (DOE) on Friday said it will disburse some USD 10 million (EUR 8.8m) in financing under a new programme focused on marine energy research.

The so-called US Testing Expertise and Access for Marine Energy Research (TEAMER) initiative aims to simplify access to marine and hydrokinetic testing infrastructure and lower costs of testing such technologies while cutting development timelines. The programme will unite developers, universities, national laboratories and marine renewable energy centres.

Technology developers taking part in the initiative will be able to gain access to a wide range of pre-certified testing facilities and will also get connected with marine energy experts that will assist them in carrying out the tests and understand the implication of results for future design iterations. Additionally, the TEAMER programme will establish consistent testing protocols and create a repository of marine energy performance data for the industry, the DOE said.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.884)

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