On March 24, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a Notice of Intent to issue a funding opportunity titled “Competitive Marine and Hydrokinetic (MHK) Demonstrations at the Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site (WETS).” The goal of this funding opportunity is to collect important performance and cost data, while supporting the Department of Defense’s renewable energy goals. DOE anticipates deployment of two full-scale Wave Energy Conversion (WEC) systems for a period of one year at Navy’s WETS.
This funding opportunity will be conducted in two phases and is designed for WEC technology developers that are in the late stages of technology development, prepared to build and test technology at close to full-scale in the ocean environment.
Phase I: Funding will be used for the optimization, designs, and planning for deployment and testing of a full-scale WEC system followed by a stage-gate review (Go/No-Go).
Phase II: Funding will be used to obtain final permitting approvals, fabrication, deployment, and retrieval and decommissioning of the system after 12 months of testing and data collection.